|Chan takes notes at each meeting, he|
writes down everything the doctors say and
asks all the questions.
In 1994, the first gene associated with breast cancer — BRCA1 (for BReast CAncer1) was identified on chromosome 17. A year later, a second gene associated with breast cancer — BRCA2 — was discovered on chromosome 13. When individuals carry a mutated form of either BRCA1 or BRCA2, they have an increased risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer at some point in their lives. Children of parents with a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation have a 50 percent chance of inheriting the gene mutation.
When I gave the blood, it was in the chemo room, nice. They messed it up, I had to go back two days later and give more blood, which blew out my veins in my arm and I have a nice purple bruise growing down my arm.
I have a feeling that this process of needle sticks, blood samples, and Xrays is just beginning.
|needle stick number three...|
I wake every morning and for the briefest moment, I have forgotten what is going on and I feel light. Then, the darkness sets in, the elephant gets back on my chest, I feel fear and dread. I don't carry that with me all day, I try to forget about it, but, sometimes it creeps in. I don't really cry that often, but, when I do, it shakes my whole body and I sob and sob. I don't feel sorry for myself. I actually feel very strong. I just need to let it all out, and crying works.
I am so tired of feeling tired.
I am so over thinking about this every day.
I am finished with cancer defining who I am.
I hate when people cry when they see me.
I am ready to move on.
Break up with cancer.
We have a break up date, Wednesday at 9 am...bye bye.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz
So if there is a purpose to the suffering that is cancer, I think it must be this: it’s meant to improve us. ~ Lance Armstrong