Saturday, July 25, 2009
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Yesterday was genetic testing day. Since Sis has ovarian cancer and I have breast cancer, MDAnderson asked me to have the test to see if I have a BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation. The results from the test won't be back for FOUR WEEKS.
Which means, of course, I sit around with cancer for four more weeks. As my MDA triage counselor said, people will think you're crazy but the end result will be worth it. It might mean having one operation instead of several.
Exactly how does this effect me, you ask. Well, ovarian cancer is harder to detect than breast cancer. So if I have the mutation, the doctor will just go ahead and remove my ovaries (called an oophorectomy. Yes, the word starts with double o's) at the same time he removes the lump, much simpler than waiting until cancer strikes there too. It also might mean taking the whole breast instead of just the lump.
Clear as mud? I thought so. But I can stand the waiting if you guys can stand me whining about it all the time!
Seriously, except for water running from my eyes when I read all your wonderful comments and emails, I've been upbeat (read: putting on a good front) so far. I do directly contribute my ability to deal with the situation to friends, family, and bloggers. You have all been so wonderful. Your comments have made me laugh, made me cry, and just plain made my day.
The other day Altered Glass asked for contributions to the age-old list: You might be addicted to blogging if.... Well, I'm here to say that I'm certainly glad I'm addicted to blogging. My world of friendships has widened significantly and I truly am thankful for each and every one of you. As long as I have my computer, I am not alone. Friendship is just a keyboard away.