Posted by Sharon
on September 07, 2000 at 13:25:01:
I've recently signed up for a genetic screening to find out if I carry BRCA1 & 2. My mother diagnosed last year with breast cancer and then lung cancer. She really wanted me to have the tests done. I'm scared out of my mind. I know what they're going to say. I can feel it.
If they do come back positive what then? I mean do I just sit here and wait for the cancer to eat me up? I'm 32 and I've lead a very healthy life.
I stayed active and quit smoking over 4 years ago. But I just feel like why did I bother to keep myself so "healthy" if this gene is pre-determining my destiny?
I just want to hide from my own body. I feel like a walking bomb. If anyone has any advice at all I'd really appreciate it.
Thanks for your time, Sharon