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Nov 27, 2019 08:53AM
I'm with your younger daughter: if you can have the testing, why wouldn't you? For me, knowledge is power and also gives me a better sense of being in charge of me (if you get what I mean).
Breast cancer is my second cancer (melanoma was the first). My mother has chronic leukemia, my mother's sister has multiple myaloma and my aunt's identical twin died from acute leukemia as a child. I've always just assumed I, too, would get a blood cancer and that it probably had a genetic basis. So genetic testing was a no brainer.
Nothing popped hot for me. No genetic anomalies. In a way, that's a drag because now I have no easy story for why I've had two cancers other than crappy luck, or as my husband says, I'm an over achiever to get two w/o a genetic propensity for either.
I also have two sons and three, soon to be four grandchildren. If I carried a genetic anomaly, then I wanted them to have all the knowledge they could for their kids.
It's definitely a personal decision and these are the personal reasons it was a no brainer for me.
4/9/2019, DCIS/IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC)
5/6/2019, LCIS, Left, <1cm, 0/1 nodes
5/6/2019 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Sentinel
6/3/2019 Whole-breast: Breast
9/23/2019 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)