Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Negative for the BRCA I/II gene mutation
Just got my genetic test results back and I do NOT have the BRCA I or BRCA II gene mutation that would increase a person's risk of getting breast and/or ovarian cancer. It's interesting because although I did not have the strong family history of breast cancer often associated with the gene mutation, I do have the TYPE of breast cancer that is often correlated to the mutation (triple negative), particularly at such a young age. So...does this make me "quadruple negative"? haha!! In an hour I head over to the local UCLA oncologist's office (Dr.B) to meet and review how the chemo will work, what drugs I'll be taking to manage side effects (in addition to the laundry list of supplements on my checklist), and find out what my activity restrictions will be, among other things I'm sure. I'll post later with what I find out from this meeting. PS- this morning I took my daily walk (according to research studies, walking 30+ minutes, 6x/week or more reduces a person's chance of experiencing a recurrence of cancer - you better believe I'll be a walking machine every day possible). I brought Cooper along and I envisioned me and Cooper as immunity super heroes, vaporizing rogue cancer cells and replacing them with healthy ones. :) I even heard a super hero, ass-kicking type of soundtrack in my mind as we walked - I have no idea where that came from but I like it!