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Apr 14, 2012 07:43 AM dj59 wrote:
Hi Ladies, Thank you for your stories. I am now in my second round with BC. First time at age 39 Right breast, DCIS, Stage 1, node negative HR/PR+.....Now, at age 52, back at it in the left breast this time, IDC, Stage IIa, node negative, HR/PR+ HER2-
My mum has now had it twice as well, age 59 then at age 75. (both DCIS stage 0 found very early), aunt had it at age 80....both still going strong. My mum's other sister had what began as cervical cancer (it's rather shrouded in mystery actually...), it ended up spreading to bones and she died at 48. An awful fate. Not sure about my great grandmum...think she might have had some sort of cancer as well.
My MO has recommended that I be tested for BRCA1, 2 I have set up the genetic counseling appointment. My mother was asked to be tested years ago and would not. I do fear for my 25 year old daughter, my sister and niece etc...so I figure, knowing is better than not. My MO said that if I turn out to be positive (he is thinking BRCA2), that gives my daughter a 50/50 chance of having the gene.
In our family, it seems to be a less aggressive type, but still reared its ugly head twice with both my mom and me....I would rather not deal with it again, nor see my beautiful daughter deal with it at all....
My mother did not handle this news well,when I told her I was going to be tested...she somehow has taken it personally and feels responsible. I don't know what I will tell my daughter or my sister as I don't want to panic them, but I also want them to be armed with the information. I don't want to see them go through this hell, if I can help them at all.
How did others react around you (mothers, sisters, daughters)? I would rather KNOW for myself. If I am positive, I will probaly opt for a BMX (at this point I have had lumpectomies) and have ovaries removed as well because I have had a scare there too....
Would love thoughts on this. Thanks!
Dorrie - "Just keep swimming"...Dory
Diagnosis: 3/22/2012, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIa, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-