Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Cancer Update – Genetic Testing

As part of my cancer treatment plan I underwent genetic testing for 80 known cancer genes. At first it seemed a bit pointless to me, I mean, I already have fracking cancer, who cares if I have the gene?

Well, it came back that I do have one cancer gene. It’s the BRCA1 gene, and it’s a doozy. It increases the chances that you’ll get breast cancer to 70%. Also if you get breast cancer, you have a 40% chance of getting it again. It also increases your chances of ovarian cancer from 1% to 40%.

So way back whenever, when I skimmed the article about Angelina Jolie getting genetic testing done, then deciding to get a double mastectomy and having her ovaries removed, I thought, crazy person. Who would do that? Now my judgy-ass-self totally understands. Being aggressive and preemptive is totally understandable when it come to not having to deal with cancer.

I also think it’s nice to have something to point at and blame. Before I was wondering what I did wrong? Why did I get breast cancer so young? I mean, I did drink a lot of diet soda in my twenties. Or maybe it was all that hormone filled dairy products I ate. And there was that one time I stood in front of the microwave for a really long time. But no. It’s this one crappy crappy gene.

Other then, you know, the cancer, I’m doing really well. Working on my next book and reading a ton. I’ll post more soon! And thanks again everyone for all your support.


  1. Some of it can be lifestyle and diet, but genes can really play a factor in whether or not we get one kind of cancer or another.

  2. Take care of yourself physically and emotionally and fight like a girl. You can do this! Glad you're reading and writing!

  3. Hi Demitria, long time since chatting on the Luckies forums. I'm so sorry to hear about this, but am glad you're writing and posting here. Sending you healing thoughts <3

  4. Oh I hope you are ok ..! I just read your first book and loved it..! Looking for the others..
    All my best to you..

  5. Cancer is the worst condition for me because i can understand the condition of patients and your story is related to my dad story May God give you a healthy life.

  6. Cancer sucks. Been there and made it through. You will too. Sending vibes of health and humor!

  7. Hey Demitria! as they say, "Knowing is half the battle." Your amazing attitude is the second half!! XO Maura

  8. Thanks for letting us know how you're doing. Stay strong, continue to write and kick cancer's ass!

  9. I am so glad you keep a level head and positive when I see you. Stay song and we love you lots! Xo Erin

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