April 16, 2016 BRCA 1 & 2 Results

April 16, 2016 BRCA 1 & 2 Results

The results came in for my genetic testing of the BRCA 1 & 2. These are the two most common genes that if mutated can cause breast cancer and other cancers. I was so excited to hear both were negative!

I called my PCP yesterday morning just to reiterate that I am scheduled for surgery Monday and if at all we can check how much longer the results might take, I would be thankful. This was my third time calling…eke, but what was wonderful is that they had the time now to call and follow-up.

I had also just spoken to my nurse navigator as she explained the importance of post-poning the surgery until I received my results. I had agreed with her since my body doesn’t do well coming out of any anesthesia, and I really didn’t want to resort to possibly a recommended mastectomy after the fact. My surgeon told her just yesterday they want to move forward with the surgery.

My PCP’s office called me back within 10 minutes of my call saying they were receiving the results now and would fax them onto my surgeon, medical oncologist and genetic counselor. (My PCP office couldn’t tell me the results since a doctor must interpret them, and my doctor was out of town.) It was my genetic counselor that called me within minutes to tell me the results. I was so excited as this news tells me I do not require a bi-lateral mastectomy. However, she then explained the importance of a full panel being completed. Just the BRCA 1 & 2 was tested and there is a panel of 19 genes now associated with breast cancer and 6 of these genes have medical recommendations. I will meet with her this coming Wednesday after surgery. She was able to contact the lab in California where my test was completed and the additional panel will be completed but will take another two weeks.

Going forward, I will keep my surgery date of this upcoming Monday the 18th. I will have a lumpectomy with a sentinel-node biopsy.

Charlie is doing very well. The last I breast-fed her was Monday morning and now it is Saturday. She has gone to Nana’s house twice and had a great time. I can’t explain how happy I am that she is doing well with this transition. I am still struggling with the production of milk and hoping the engorgement feeling goes away soon.

Hope everyone has a wonderful snowy weekend. Thanks to everyone for your support and prayers through this journey.

Comments (9)

  • So very glad to hear this news.

  • That is great news and another answer to our prayers! We will pray for an easy recovery out of anesthesia!
    Love you and Lenny, Austin, Bailey, and Charlie

    • Thanks so much Janet for your continued support and prayers! Not looking forward to the anesthesia part Monday
      ..ugh 🙁

  • Hey Tara– oh my goodness so sorry about this yucky news! I know you don’t really know Keith and me very well but we have heard all about you through the years! We are good prayer warriors and will be praying for you daily through your process. Much love and prayers to you all

  • Tara
    You are in our thoughts tomorrow! We pray that everything goes smoothly.., even coming out of anesthesia! Please let me know if you need any help during your recovery.
    Love
    Janet

  • Good luck today! You’re a fighter! Let me know if you need anything. Xoxoxo

  • Praying for you Tara. Many here at WPCC are today as you are in surgery. May God’s presence flood you with comfort, peace and even joy through this difficult time.

    • Thank you Mark and the prayer team who were praying for me. It means a lot! Thanks so much.

  • Glad to hear you are staying upbeat and patient! Good luck today!!!!

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