I promised a post on my visit with the Hereditary Gene Clinic, and as it turns out, now there will be two (or three!). It was a very eye-opening experience and is really too much for me to process in one post, even a week later.
First of all, the test was super easy…I swished Scope in my mouth and spit it into a test tube to send to the one lab in the country that provides comprehensive breast gene studies. Test results typically take 2-4 weeks, but we’re hoping that I will have my results back sometime later this week. I’ll keep everyone posted on that!
Before I get started with the nitty gritty (still working on that post), I should mention that I did go back to look for the genetics paper I wrote on the BRCA1/BRCA2 genes for a genetics class while I was at State. Obviously I’m not [very] old and I typed all of my papers in college on a computer, but I think most of them are on floppy disks that are who knows where! So of all the papers I wrote in college, I have TWO of them on my desktop computer. Two papers out of two hundred? Well, it seemed like two hundred…, but anyway, I found it! All 15 pages of it (and not a sentence more). All poorly written, no doubt in the wee hours of the morning just before it was due — or possibly later, haha.
It was like deja vu reading through it; it was *almost* like I wrote the script for the beginning of my appointment last week. I wrote about sporadic vs hereditary vs genetic cancers, about DNA and the BRCA1/2 mutations and the chromosomes they were located on. I even seemed to grasp the percentages — the percentages that TOTALLY blew me away during the appointment on Tuesday…and yet, I was adamant in my opinion that I did not want to be tested. That was in 2002. Almost 10 years ago. I will spare you the excerpts from that!
So honestly, although I am infinitely interested now, I didn’t want to know back then. What I do wish is that I had been more proactive in my screening (with both self-breast exams and formal examinations and/or mammograms).
Not to sound like a broken record, but as usual, God in His infinite wisdom reveals things to us in His perfect time.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NIV)
11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yetno one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.