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.

13 comments:

  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.

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

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  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

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  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..

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  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.

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

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

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

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  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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