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This blog is created to give you a central location to answer any questions you have about my current and upcoming treatments and reactions. It is also created to help me make Lemonade out of the Lemons I have been given, so I will keep this as positive as I can.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

The "Good Week"

I haven't blogged in a little while, and maybe by the end of this post you might see why.
I am half way though my Chemo Treatments so I have had my share of "Good Weeks" mixed in with the bad ones. I think that this current Good Week is probably the busiest one ever. It is actually close to 2 weeks this time. It started on the 8th, 8 days after my last treatment. I was happy that I was feeling pretty good so I went to the Christmas Progressive Dinner. It was great to get out and enjoy some time with the ladies and basically kick off my good week.
Once it started there was no stopping... Quite literally. We jumped into action and started working on the Christmas Candy. Every spare moment we worked on it. There were not a lot of spare moments but we made it happen so that we could share at least a little Christmas Cheer and Gratitude to people who have helped us out. I am definitely grateful that I was able to buy my Chocolate Tempering Unit this summer to help make the process Easier. It was a fun "toy" to play with this holiday season. 
This "week" continued into Saturday with the Christmas Party at the Church with Food, Music and Of Course SANTA! The girls were pretty excited to see him, but so shy that they didn't talk to him about anything.

Photo By Kami Clark. Thanks Kami!

Sunday it was time for Birthday Celebrations. We had a party for Danielle and me at the Thorpes. Continued with another Birthday Dinner for Danielle with both Grandparents to celebrate her 1st Birthday! Wednesday we had my Birthday Dinner at the Outback Steakhouse. We were able to have a "break" from parties for a couple days to finish up the Candy and then we were back at it on Saturday. We spent the morning wrapping the gifts for 7-11-Doubles (White Elephant) and grabbing a couple last minute things at the store (like Cat Food). Then we were ready. We Partied the whole rest of the day. This wore me and the girls out. We have rested through the morning and early afternoon so that we can party one more time tonight.
I have one more day to Enjoy before I go back in for treatment. I am happy that Alex has taken off work and will be home to take care of me and the girls for this round of treatment. Monday, I plan to pick up a couple things at the store. Go in to work for a little while and hopefully I will get at least a Chiropractor visit, if not a massage as well, then I should be ready to sleep for the next week.
We decided this week that we wanted to do Christmas ON Christmas. We were going to try to do it Monday before I went in for Chemo, but after this week we have had I decided I will likely be more prepared and probably even more rested on Christmas than I would be tomorrow. We will just keep our celebrations at home and have a relaxing Christmas.
Is it crazy that I am looking forward to Chemo so I can rest up? :)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Genetic testing results are in...

At the beginning of this journey we were asked to take a genetic test to check me for a Gene mutation for BRCA 1 or BRCA 2. These Mutations are strains that can cause most cases of hereditary Breast and Ovarian cancer. I got a call from the Surgeon yesterday during Chemo to tell me that I do not have those 2 genes specifically. Hooray! However... I do have a 'genetic variant of uncertain significance' This is a variant of the BRCA 1 listed as Y1863D (5706T>G) Whatever that all means. LOL but it could be a factor that has caused my own Cancer.
At this point the Dr said there are only a handful of Breast Cancer patients that they have identified this gene, so they are trying to get a better idea if there are family members who carry this gene that Have or do NOT have cancer of any type.
I am filling out a survey of my family members, including my first cousins, to see if anyone qualifies for a free genetic test to see if anyone caries this variant and to see if it means anything. If anyone in my family does not want to be included let me know so I can note it as such on my survey. This may not cost anything for you and may or may not tell you anything, but it may get you seen earlier if you have any other risk factors down the line. I am also not sure if I can include relatives without blood relation who have had Cancer. I will be asking this since I know that there are others that may be able to be reviewed, just in case they carry that gene mutation.
I hope that in doing this it will help others down the line. There is some "fine print" that states that they may not be able to answer my own risk right away with this assessment, but it could... So it may be worth something.