Last week, Samantha had a routine visit to her lady doctor (I’m sure she’ll be fine with me letting everyone know that…). While she has already scheduled her first mammogram in April (a fairly nerve racking experience in itself), the talk with her doctor turned to genetic testing. This isn’t the first time it’s come up in conversation since her sister’s diagnosis, but it is the first time that it has been seriously entertained.
After the discussion, Sam was sent home with a sizable packet of information, a quite sizable list of “What nows?” and another layer on the stress cake (my personal term for when life hands you a bunch of dung – work stress, family stress, money stress, breast cancer stress, oh shit there’s water in the basement stress, the list goes on…). After even more discussions with yours truly, her parents and her sister some of that stress layer is gone. But I don’t know if we’ve come to a decisive action quite yet.
However, not knowing a whole lot about it, I did my own researching and found there’s a lot of good info out there in the “web.” But like all things on the internet, check your sources….unless of course that source is Charlie Sheen, then at least you know it’s pure gold (Winning!).
From possible insurance (life and health) complications if found positive, government movements to protect the rights of positive individuals, to the odds of diagnosis (between 40-85% if positive for one, either or both of the genes), I was surprised at how much info there was. My knowledge of genetics is limited to those boxes we made in 9th grade biology dealing with dominant and recessive genes (Thanks Mr. Search) and eye color, but there were plenty of websites that explained everything. Rather than me continue to talk through them here, I’ll supply the links for your reading pleasure. Feel free to leave comments on your views/experiences/opinions on the whole topic. Thanks for stopping by!
Just to name a few: