For the rest of you... and for mom who probably will NOT pay any attention to my plea, scroll a bit....
I've discussed risk factors a number of times. I recently shared information I learned at Columbia about additional genetic testing that is available via BreastNext. Last night, during Monday night's twitter chat, Dr. Julie Gralow was a guest participant. She provided the link to the BROCA genetic test which is being done at University of Washington.
I did a run down of the genes they test in BreastNext and they are all included in the BROCA panel.
It may be time for me to consider this additional testing.
Hearing these words, spoken by my daughter, very matter of fact in her tone, called out from a different room..... Kinda sorta really sucked. There was no emotion. No fear (at least not in her voice). It was just very plain and quite simple:
"I know I'm going to get cancer. I just hope you're not around to see it."
It was like having a bucket of ice water poured over my head.
Thank you to everyone who sent me twitter support and love when I was still stunned, still trying to process those words. You ran to my side when I didn't want to be a fearless friend on January 4th and you ran again last night.
I've said it many times. I have an axe to grind at every point in breast cancer research: prevention of disease, prevention of metastasis, prevention of death.
It all counts. It's all important. And it's all about to take a financial hit. Unless someone pulls a rabbit out of a hat, SEQUESTRATION will go into effect this Friday.
Forget the Ides of March..... Beware the First Of March.