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Waiting for answers
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I have always been afraid of the unknown. Bring up the dreaded "C" word and the flood of negative feelings would take over like a typhoon.
Then the news began to spread through my father's side of the family: "The BRCA 1 mutation has been detected. Get checked!"
I called my dad, who is a prostate cancer survivor and has had several skin cancers removed. When I asked him about the test, he said he was 72 and wasn't going to mess with genetic testing. His sister tested positive and is currently battling stage 4 ovarian cancer that spread to her her stomach. But I didn't make a big deal of it to him. After all, he's my dad.
Now, the weight is seemingly on me. I have 3 other siblings who could be affected, too.
One of my best friends convinced me to ask about being tested. Knowledge is better than guessing.
I scheduled my annual (though I hadn't been in 3 years) OB/GYN appointment in April 2016. I had all of my ducks in a row, save for the wandering few. When I saw my Dr. I left with a feeling of "Holy hell what have I started". He referred me to the genetics department at Clearview Cancer Institute here in Huntsville, AL. I called as soon as I got in the car. A sweet lady named Destiny answered the phone. You don't have to be a believer to know this was MEANT to happen. I was scheduled for June 9 for consultation.
That was the longest 6 weeks in the history of ever!
June 9th rolled around and the team of doctors and counselors determined that, with 2 known family members with the mutation, combined with my extensive family history of various cancers (particularly those associated with BRCA 1 mutation), I stood a 50% of having the mutation myself. I went in thinking I've got a 25% chance of having it. But, those are the cards that were dealt.
I am currently awaiting those results. Ten days, they said. Ten days too long, I say. We all want answers YESTERDAY. But, this process has attempted to make me more patient. I'm working on it.
I have thought about the outcomes, positive and negative. I have cried and gotten angry. I've even tried to find humor in this. But knowing I'm not alone has been the greatest help.
The information on this site and the stories of triumph, as well as heartache, are empowering. And, regardless of which side of the 50% I'm on, I will be alright!
So far, the unknown.
I would not do anything different.
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