Everything is relative. A few weeks ago I was barely familiar with what BRCA1/BRCA2 testing was. Today, I burst into tears when Dr. Regina Rosenthal called me personally at 6:00 on a Friday night to tell me my test was negative. NEGATIVE!!!!!!!! They were tears of joy of course!
This is huge. People who carry the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene have a 50-80% chance of developing breast cancer and a 20-60% chance of developing ovarian cancer. They are also more likely to develop other types of cancer. If I were positive the recommendation would most likely be bilateral mastectomy and to have my ovaries removed. This test was especially concerning for me because my Mom is a breast cancer survivor and I am so young at my time of my diagnosis.
Tonight, even though I still have breast cancer I am feeling very fortunate.
Someone must have sacrificed a pig for me.