Various Health Updates
Apologies to anyone waiting on email from me. We’ve been dealing with family health issues for the past 2+ weeks. Nothing life-threatening, but rather incapacitating until we can get things treated. Hopefully one of these days the various doctors will stop sending and losing referrals and handing us off to someone else without actually doing anything, and maybe one of them will actually help…
In personal health news, I’ve learned I’m officially a mutant. The BRCA1 gene helps suppress tumors and fight cancer. Turns out mine is broken.
In women, this mutation drastically increases the chances of breast and ovarian cancer. (We started testing family members when my cousin, who has breast cancer, tested positive for the mutation.)
In men, the risk is much smaller, but it’s still there — increased chances for breast, pancreatic, and prostate cancer, and melanoma. But that increased risk is still in the single digits for all but the prostate cancer, and that last is maybe 1 in 4. So I’ll be starting screening earlier than I otherwise would have, but I’m not losing sleep over this stuff yet.
Hope you’re having a better December than we are!
December 12, 2018 @ 11:02 am
Your book is on pre-order. And I symbolically receive it in December so how could my december not be going well? Stay strong, and not just because we share the best first name in the world. Also, enjoy a delicious set of meals this month. End the year with epicurean delight! Though maybe not quite the hedonistic side unless you want to go that far.
December 12, 2018 @ 1:17 pm
Getting your referral lost in the mail (so to speak) sucks. I’ve been very lucky to have a doctor as organized as mine.
Hope your December improves. Incapacitation is frustrating as hell if you can’t make it go away.
December 20, 2018 @ 3:16 pm
Thinking of you all.