Since my last update I got a bit of decent news: All the gene mutations tested for came back negative for me!! (Yay!)
I was tested for the following gene mutations:
BRCA 1 (Breast and Ovarian Cancer)
BRCA 2 (Breast and Ovarian Cancer)
PAL B 2 (Breast and Pancreatic Cancers)
CHEK 2 (Breast and Colon Cancer)
All negative. I didn't jot down what cancers the last 4 genes are responsible for. (sorry) But this news was good news for me. Based on these results my case of breast cancer isn't due to a gene mutation, which has been explained to me also means that the risk of recurrence is a bit lower than usual.
This news coupled with my treatment plan of chemo, Herceptin and Perjeta (and later Tamoxifen) has given rise to a new surgery option for me: lumpectomy.
From the day of diagnosis I was set on a bilateral mastectomy. (That's what emotion-based decisions look like for me.) However, now the less invasive procedure seems like the most logical option. The only issue I have with the lumpectomy is the follow-up radiation.
Then again, I have an issue with this entire damn thing.
Here's my latest Youtube videos on the topic:
(there's a medical talk vid)
(And a vid about organization suggestions. Remember: You gotta stay on top.)