September, 2013

  1. Family Tree

    September 19, 2013 by Julie Moon


    It has never occurred to me to consider finding out about my BRCA status and then keep it to myself.  I suppose I’m a pretty open person.  My children were 9,7 and 3 when I had my sugery.  I couldn’t really hide that from them.  It was pretty obvious and significantly affected their lives.  But what if they were grown and out of my house?  What if I had the test and didn’t share that info with them?  What if I knew I was BRCA positive but didn’t want anyone to know?

    My oldest has asked me more than once “What if I have the gene, Mom?” and boy does that just force me to take a deep breath.  I reassure her that it’s not anything to concern herself with now and that when the time comes I will support her in finding out and I am confident that the technology will be completely different for her.  But there is no way that if she were a grown woman now I would not share this info with her.

    I fully support people dealing with things differently than I have…but I would want them to have all the information they needed to make an informed decision.