What the Hell

What the Hell

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Not Enough Information (as opposed to Too Much)

You often hear people say the expression, "TOO MUCH INFORMATION," especially when someone reveals something extremely personal.  This may be TMI for some of you, but it's my blog and I can say what I want to.  I am feeling a lack of enough information lately.  Specifically in reference to a couple of medical conditions I have been diagnosed with.  After much frustration at the differing opinions I keep getting, I have decided I am going to go for genetic counseling.  In March at my next yearly physical (which is a bit of an oxymoron at this point because I definitely go to the doctor MULTIPLE times a year) I am going to make a demand for a referral to such a practitioner.  I am being asked by multiple specialists to make some decisions that I feel are going to all affect each other in a holistic way, and straightening out my family medical history and what genetic components  I have been gifted with will, I feel, will help me to make the best choices.  The conditions in question?  Atypical ductal hyperplasia (of the breast tissue) and adenomatous colon polyps, which place me at a higher risk and a more frequent screening schedule for breast and colon cancer, combined with a knowledge that my mother died from uterine cancer.   There are other cancers on that side of the family that may have genetic links as well I have learned.  For all that the medical community now knows about cancer, it still seems to be nebulous when the cells in question start becoming cancer.  Is what I have pre-cancerous, abnormal cells, transitional or very, very early stage?  Is the question "whether" it will become cancer or rather "when?"  A matter of semantics perhaps, but let me tell you when it's your life you are talking about it gets personal.  And when you lose a parent to cancer, unless its cause is obvious (say, lung cancer from smoking), it gets your full attention... I'm only 49, and I am not ready to check out of this race prematurely, unless forced to do so.  So there.  Big raspberry.  

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