So to this day I have never been tested for the BRCA gene. My decision to have the bilateral prophylactic mastectomy was based solely on my own history. A mother who died of breast cancer and my own irregular pathology which put me at a 50-50 risk which was good enough for me.
The findings of lobular carcinoma in situ validated my decision to act quickly and aggressively. Once I was finished I did not put too much thought into BRCA genes. I was doing the follow ups needed and figured we would get the girls tested as they got older.
I have now come to realize that along with the facts that I knew, men in my family also have prostate cancer which is also associated with the BRCA mutations. So, does it matter at this point? For me personally probably not. I have already sprinted out ahead of breast cancer and will have yet another pelvic ultrasound in a few months to once again check my ovaries.
It does matter greatly for my beautiful girls. For me to be able to protect my girls, to be as proactive as possible with their health I need to have as much information as possible! I reached out to the genetic counselor I met with almost two years ago. Thankfully she replied pretty quickly to my e-mail and is pulling my file to check on the insurance. That was always the sticking point for the testing. This blood work cost well over $3,000 dollars which is just not in the budget. I will not rant too much about the insurance company since they were fantastic as the surgery bills came in. My out-of-pocket was minimal! It is the entire system that is broken. priorities are out of whack.