How Genes Can Change Everything: My BRCA-2 Status
I AM BRCA-2 POSITIVE.
⇐ In NYC, where I took my first MRI that serves as a baseline for future use to detect any changes in my breast tissue.
Why did I get tested?
I truly thought cancer, especially breast cancer, would never affect me in any way, shape, or form until my mom was diagnosed December of 2007. I’ll admit, even then, I still wasn’t phased enough to become proactive with my own health. It wasn’t until just a couple years ago, and a much more mature me, that I took my mom’s advice in BRCA-2 gene testing.
BRCA-2 is an abnormal gene mutation that is linked to a much higher-than-average risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer as well as prostate cancer for men who test positive.
How is testing done?
A simple blood test, where specific genes are tested for any abnormalities.
Was I terrified of my results?
NO. The power of knowledge outweighed my fear. Due to this genetic testing, I now know that I HAVE TO stay up-to-date with check-ups twice a year, an MRI + a routine breast exam. Knowing that I can take certain measures in preventing or catching cancer early is relief to me.
Being 30 weeks pregnant, I have not been able to do my routine check ups but as soon as I am cleared by my doctors, postpartum, I will. Nothing is as important to me as my health.
The benefit of this genetic testing is also giving my future children a chance for prevention as well.
KNOWLEDGE = POWER
If your family has been greatly affected by breast cancer and you wish to find out more information on genetic testing, please visit www.BreastCancer.org.
Last but NOT least, I have to give a personal shoutout to my mommy and GLAM-MA to be for officially being 8 years CANCER-FREE. YIPPEE.
Go ahead, comment on how we can be sisters and NOT mother-daughter, that will make her day lol
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