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Do you worry about yourselves?

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Joined: Mar 2005

Although my main focus these days is doing everything I can to help my mom beat this disease, if I stop long enough to think, I often start to wonder and worry about what this means for my future. My mom was in her early 40s when she was first diagnosed and while I have some suspicions that there were some contributing factors in addition to her chain smoking for MANY years, I still worry about facing this battle myself. I believe my mom is an amazingly strong woman and I can't imagine going through all she's been through, especially with the amazing attitude she has always maintained. Just wondering if anyone else has begun to think about what this means for them.


PS. I am going to be 28 this year and my Dr has said that despite the family history it is still too early to begin annual mammograms!

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Joined: Mar 2004

I'm assuming you mom has breast cancer? I would consult a different doctor, and maybe even your mom's oncologist. My best friend's mom was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was pregnant with her, and my friend has been getting mammograms since she was 25, per her doctor's advice.

My mom is a Hodgkin's survivor and her diagnosis came as a huge surprise to both of us. I do think about what it means for me down the road...I'm also 27...but I've also learned from her experience to live life to it's fullest.

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I do worry about myself but I have a little different spin - I'm adopted and have no medical history from my biological parents. My mom (adopted) is going through ovarian cancer and it really makes me wonder what is going through my genes. I think you should seek out another doctor and demand the mamogram. I told my doc to assume I've got a history of EVERYTHING and treat me as such.

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