Pierce Brosnan's Daughter Dies Young of the Same Disease That Killed Her Mother

Charlotte BrosnanPierce Brosnan has lost his daughter Charlotte at the age of 41 after losing his first wife (her mother) to the same disease when she was just 44. Both women died of ovarian cancer, the implication being that Charlotte, the mother of two young kids, ages 15 and 8, inherited the disease from her mother.

My heart just absolutely breaks for this family. As someone who lost her own mother young, I am sure the last thing Charlotte wanted to do was leave her babies behind without their mother. And as someone who ALSO lost their mother as a teen, I have some idea of what her oldest child will feel.

For anyone who loses their mother young, dying of the same disease that killed her is one of our biggest fears. It's the reason Angelina Jolie got gene tested. It's the reason I got gene tested, too.

It's unclear from the news whether or not Charlotte was tested for the BRCA mutation. It's the mutation that kills so many young women with aggressive breast or ovarian cancer. But it isn't the only way women get these diseases. It IS possible to get tested and still die of those diseases. But it's less likely.

The very same mechanism that gives you your mother's eyes and her high cheekbones can also give you the same disease that killed her.

I can't imagine that Charlotte never thought about it. Like anyone who watched someone die of one of those diseases early in life, it haunts you. It has to become one of our biggest fears. It's a club no one wants to join and we all fear our membership dues will be our life.

Reading stories like these breaks my heart. For the longest time, I assumed my life was over at 45, the same as my mom's, and for most of that time, that age seemed old. But now I am 35, it's 10 years away, and it doesn't seem so old at all.

I know I don't carry the BRCA gene. But I also know it's not the only way to die. Still, at least it won't be that mutation, that gene, that does it.

Ovarian cancer and breast cancer are terrible diseases that take the lives of women too young and with brutal force. Not knowing more about their situation, I can only hope that Brosnan's teenage granddaughter doesn't carry the gene and, if she does, that she has the time to take preventative measures to stop it.

Someone needs to stop this legacy of sadness. My heart goes out to the entire Brosnan family.

Would you ever get tested for the BRCA gene?

 

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kirbymom kirbymom

No matter the cause, deah is always a difficult thing to handle or adjust to. Keep this man and his family in my prayers and thoughts.

Judy Pope

No! why get tested for something that can not be changed and testing positive for it does not mean that you will get cancer so what is the point ?


 

Martina Jones

Ovarian cancer struck my sister at 28. Thank God she survived. My grandma wasn't so lucky. She died this past October of Ovarian cancer.

still... still_bfing

Waiting for my brca results. My grandma died at 40 from breast cancer, my other grandma has had it twice. I now have breast cancer. Testing can help you make decisions that could save your life.

nonmember avatar Sandy Murphy

So sorry for your loss.sending prayers to you

Judith Bandsma

No. During the time the test was first reaching the public I had enough trouble getting health insurance due to the fact that my mother died of breast cancer at age 40. Just having the test at all would have disqualified me from insurance, period...not just raised my premium and deductible to almost unaffordable.

Laurie Palmer

How tragic. This shows that the blood tests for cancer (like Angelina Jolie had and found out she had the Cancer gene), should be REQUIRED to be covered by insurance. My heart goes out to families who experience this kind of loss. I'm trying to convince a friend to have that blood test, but she said it is very expensive. If I had the money, I would pay for her to do it.

nonmember avatar Melanie Johnson

My mother died this past September from ovarian cancer. I had the tests done in October. The BRAC analysis tests are very expensive but to me worth every dime. With this test there are two genes that are tested one of my genes were positive and the other was negative. If both of them had been positive I would have gotten a hysterectomy immediately. Since I only had one positive gene I will get a hysterectomy at age 40.(I am 36) I just wish I could go ahead and get it done now. But I am glad that steady I know what I am dealing with.

Deana L Osteen

how much do they normally cost? I lost my mom to breast cancer she was only 30 and I was 6 so I can empathize with the younger child.

sfion sfion

Apparently her mother AND grandmother died of ovarian cancer. She leaves behind a daughter. I hope her daughter will be counseled to get tested and take action if needed(see Angelina Jolie).

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