9:30pm – Wednesday, June 6 on ABC2
Josie Bellerby is a typical, if fortunate, eighteen year old. She lives in a loving home in York with her parents Julia and Jules, and has two older sisters Lucy and Emma. Young, vivacious, and not afraid to speak her mind, Josie has lots of friends and realistic dreams of becoming an actress. But life isn’t as blessed as it might seem.
Josie could be living with a deadly inheritance – like her mother, aunt, grandmother and great-grandmother before her, she could be carrying the cancer genes that mean her risk of developing breast cancer increases to eighty per cent.
Now, as her older sister Lucy goes through the testing process to determine if she carries the genes, Josie sets out to become as informed as possible about the reality of what her own test could mean.
Demonstrating a maturity beyond her years, she meets with medical experts and talks to women who have already undergone preventative double mastectomies.
While a negative result would be a great relief to Josie, a positive result would mean having to face a future that includes dramatic body-changing surgery and fast-tracking decisions on fertility, relationships and her looks. This film traces Josie’s journey to decide whether to take the test or not, and it explores how her family – and the experts she encounters – help shape her decision.