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.