Genetic testing

My appointment today was to meet with a genetics counselor to discuss my genetic results. My doctor had already told me when the results first came in that it was negative for the BRC1 and BRC2 genetic mutation. This specific mutation would have changed my course of treatment, and it would have increased my risks for a secondary cancer. Thankfully, that wasn’t the case, and the nine other genes that they tested me for were negative too. Which is amazing news! And I’ll take it where I can get it nowadays. The only downfall is that we still don’t know why I developed cancer at such a young age.

While I was meeting with the genetics counselor, I had the opportunity to get the remaining genes on the panel tested. If any of the genes on the panel come back positive, it could explain my cancer, pinpoint any other risks of developing cancer, and identify other family members who may be at risk for cancer.

I’m still not quite sure if that was a good idea or not. I have to prepare myself for the possibility of another can of worms being opened. I can at least wait until I’m ready to hear these results. There isn’t a dire need for them and nothing on the results would change my current treatment. So, maybe I’ll wait until this journeys over.

To be continued…

Thanks for reading more of my story! Until next time ♡

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