Mar 05, 2010 - 1:10 am
We found out two weeks ago my mom is BRCA2 positive... Her mom died of pancreatic cancer at 60 (I never knew this was related) and mom was 61 when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She is "insisting" I get tested...
I am 36, married 8.5 years, no kids yet (if ever, but that's another story LOL). I don't know if I'm willing to take the drastic measures (prophylactic surgery) that would require me knowing if I carry the mutation as well. My thought is - I can just live like I'm positive: go back on the pill (I have an IUD), lose weight, get thorough checkups, etc. I worry about a positive test meaning worries about insurance coverage, pre-existing conditions, etc. And even if I did consider surgery of any sort, I am not in a position financially to take weeks off work for recovery from a voluntary surgery. I have FMLA coverage to take care of my mom, so none left over for me. And I was previously denied for short term disability... PLUS I may still decide I want kids. So why even know?
I don't know...
If your mom is positive, did you get the test? Or, knowing what you know about me, what would you tell me to do if I were your daughter?