Archive for January, 2010

Discrimination

26Jan10

I had my genetic counselling appointment today… and I didn’t get tested. I have to admit I was a little shocked at myself. For weeks, all I have been thinking about is getting tested to see if I have the BRCA2 mutation that my mother carries. I have wrote several posts on this post extolling […]


I met with my genetic counsellor today and below are the answers to the questions I posted previously: What type of genetic discrimination may I face if I am positive? Testing positive may cause me to denied for private health, life, or mortgage insurance. These types of insurance often require health questionnaires and request access […]


This last weekend I decided to go visit my family. During Christmas time, my grandmother and I found out that we have a shared interest in family history. So I made good on my promise to visit her and help her go through the large stack of papers she has. Although she has gone so […]


I just scheduled my first appointment today with the cancer agency. I will be meeting with a genetic counsellor to discuss whether I want to be tested for a mutation in the breast cancer genes. Just two weeks from today. Things are moving forward and I am taking action. It feels great! Perhaps that sounds […]


Not everyone wants to undergo BRCA testing because they worry the possibility of bad news. But for me, I figure there is only the chance of good news. When my aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer, I begun to wonder about my own risks. When my grandmother was diagnosed, I was concerned about the risks […]


Stuck

08Jan10

This last week I have been feeling much more optimistic about all things BRCA-related in my life.  I feel like I have already read about the worst case scenarios.  I have found that 85% risk of breast cancer is really the highest published stat for BRCA2 mutation carriers.  Other studies find less, and when you […]


Family History

05Jan10

I finally got word back from the cancer agency today. The holidays slowed things down it seems.  Anyways, they sent me six pages of forms to fill out, mostly of my family history. I imagine that for many people this is a bit of a pain to fill out. But since my mother and grandmother […]


The more I look on the Internet for information on hereditary breast cancer and the BRCA genes, the more disinformation I find. I think some of the inane comments I have seen are due to a general lack of knowledge of genetics and the risks of BRCA mutations. I was pretty clueless myself just a […]