Thursday, August 14, 2008

How Do You Spell Relief?

Brace yourselves, everybody. We're going to be talking about boobs again. The results are in from my mom's genetic test. Drumroll please.......and it's negative. She does not have the breast cancer gene. Which means that in all likelihood I don't either. Can we all say WHEW!

So, obviously this is good news. There is still a very small chance that there is some other genetic factor going on. I could explain it but it would involve pie charts, genetic probabilities, a fairly complicated family tree and frankly, I'm just not sure I'm up to that this morning.

I can't tell you how relieved I am. I mean sure, there's still a chance I could get breast cancer -- I mean, we all could I guess. But it just doesn't seem like as much of a certainty as it once did. And it doesn't feel like some horrible genetic legacy I'll leave my daughter and my son. Yes! I said my son. Although it happens fairly rarely, men do get breast cancer and the breast cancer gene can also lead to prostate cancer in men.

So, yay! What a relief. Now I can find something else to worry about.

18 comments:

Lauren said...

Thank heavens!!! I know thats a re|ief!

Katie in MA said...

Hello! I came over from Mir's Woulda Coulda Shoulda. I just finished reading your archives this week and it killed me when I realized the genetic testing was "live" and you didn't have an answer yet!

So - thank goodness! My mom's mom died of breast cancer at the age of 29 (my mom was 2), so I know what you mean about living with that kind of certainty. I wish my mom would get the testing done, too, so my sisters and I can know one way or another.

Glad you'll live to fight another day! :)

Fannie Mae said...

Good news indeed. Maybe you can worry about me this afternoon while I'm getting my boobs squished.

AndreAnna said...

oh thats great news!

Mir said...

Huzzah!! That's great news. :)

Live.Love.Eat said...

Awesome news! Celebrate, really!!!!! Tonight you should do something silly with your family just to celebrate your health!!!!!

Leslie said...

Hallelujah, hooray, yippee, wonderful!!!! This is the best news I've heard all year. I'm glad that this in not a burden you'll have to carry anymore and I know you're relieved for Bubba and Punkin, too.

Thanks for letting us know!

Esme said...

So happy (and relieved) for you!!!

It was so inspirational. And, the Domer boys will LOVE it. They are all about random/obscure. Our friend Todd is Pigs in Space and Paul is using one from Son of the Beach, so there is already a bit of a tv theme going on. said...

Can I answer the question? I know it's snarky, but I have to: rolaids.

Congrats on the news. That's wonderful.

anglophilefootballfanatic.com said...

Umm. What the hell. That was me.

Burgh Baby said...

That is fantastic news! Hopefully your next obsessive worry will be something controllable and a lot less scary.

Lulu said...

Oh, I'm so glad for you MQ! That is a relief!

Hmm...you know that I don't get over as often as I'd like to visit. But, I must say the past several times I've been here, your post does involve BOOBS! Must be a mere coincidence, but I'm starting to wonder about you. :-D

That Chick Over There said...

Whew!

Laurel said...

Whew! Good news. I have a friend, 38, who is fighting breast cancer and found out she is positive for this gene. Now her whole family is being tested. What a nightmare. I'm so glad yours was good news.

I know. Long time no talk. I'm pukey. What can I say? It may be a couple of more weeks before I'm back full time, but it's good to catch up with you. And I agree. Those 9West shoes? Disgusting!

Tootsie Farklepants said...

Whew!!!

I've got something for you on my blog. :)

calicobebop said...

Wonderful news! Whew!

ImpostorMom said...

YAY, good news indeed!

Colleen said...

oh, such wonderful WONDERFUL news! I'm truly speechless. That is some of the best news I've heard from anyone in a while. :)