Archive for the ‘Personal’ Category

I just got back from my first screening appointment at the cancer clinic. Today has been my litmus test to how well I can handle walking into the cancer clinic and wait for a doctor to give me a professional assessment of my health. I got this appointment earlier than expected because someone else cancelled. […]


I haven’t had much to share lately. I did follow up with the genetic counselor like I promised. I was disappointed to find out that she really did just forget about me. And I guess out of her guilt upon receiving my voice mail, she continued to ignore me until I found someone else at […]


I feel my “BRCA vacation” is coming to an end. I haven’t heard a word from my genetics counselor and I feel I must take action. Odd that she really impressed me at our meeting, but she’s completely dropped the ball since then. She had several tasks that she was going to follow up with […]


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 […]