In 2007, I lost my mom, Jackey Kirkpatrick, to HDGC. Even though I carried the CDH1 mutation, I had no plans of having a gastrectomy. And then I had my beautiful children and could not stand the thought of them going through what I've gone through. I had my gastrectomy in 2010, and like most others, learned my stomach had cancer cells. I am so thankful for the research that allowed my children to not have their mother taken by stomach cancer and to allow me to watch them grow. Yet, I'm painfully aware more research is needed so that they don't have to make the choice I did. I have hope and courage and walk in my mom's memory and for my children's health.