Friday, March 28, 2014

Choices My Mother Never Had

It will be 7 years ago tomorrow that I lost my sweet mom because of this damned genetic mutation!  Thank you for the gift of knowledge mom...I love you and miss you every day!

I was the first in our family to learn of the genetic mutation. Going by our family history, I inherited the mutation from my mother who inherited it from her father who inherited it from his mother. That was my great grandmother Lavina. Thankfully my sister tested negative which means my niece Maia will also be negative.  I have no children so this horrible mutation stops here!!!

This is the end of the line for you EX19DEL!  HA!

Knowing you are BRCA+ is often viewed as either a blessing or a curse. Yet, many days it certainly feels like both to me. I guess that is how life is...grey and not black and white, right? Nothing is ever perfect. Life is hard and full of tough decisions.

When all is said and done, to me, the knowledge is a huge blessing in my eyes. Not knowing wouldn't keep me safe. Knowing gives me choices...choices my mother never had.

My and my mom circa 1966.