Am I Blessed or am I Cursed?
Although I could have both of my girls tested at anytime, I have chosen to not do so. When it comes to getting tested for the BRCA genetic mutation, I think all women need to ask themselves what they plan to do with the information they receive. What is my plan should I test positive? I know every woman will process things differently and I know not every woman will make the choice to be proactive. In addition, not every woman who test positive will be diagnosed with cancer. But, you should know your risk and I have included a chart that you can find at Myriad . Is it a risk you are willing to take?
Your Cancer Risks
Here is another chart that clearly displays what it means when a woman knows her risks and takes control.
As you can see, if you are a carrier for the mutation, you have up to an 87% chance of one day getting breast cancer by age 70. Unfortunately, we have no way of knowing what age breast cancer might decide to sneak into our lives. I was 28....42 years away from age 70. Had I been tested before cancer, and been proactive in taking the necessary steps, it would have reduced my odds by more than 90% of ever having to hear those words. Of ever having to wonder if I would get to see my daughter go to Kindergarten. Of ever having to wonder if I would be able to have more children. Although I am a survivor and I credit God for His healing power, I wish I had been tested earlier. My prayer is that my daughter's will NEVER have to face breast cancer should they test positive. My prayer is that they will feel empowered to make decisions that I wish I had made. I have something valuable....I have something that breast cancer can't take away....and that is the 'Why.' Luckily, because of the 'Why' my daughter's may never have to face the 'When'.
So........Blessed or Cursed? Definitely Blessed.