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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

July 18 BRACA1 and BRACA2 --- NOT ! ! ! !

I think this is good news. Our family does not have to worry about this gene being passed down - the BRACA 1 and 2 gene, anyway. So - I do know that this means that no one else in the family needs to pay for that test. YAY!!!
The genetic counselor said again, though, that she thinks there is a risk from some gene that is being passed down on the paternal Gerard side. Soooo???? I need to call her to talk about the findings, and so I can comment more knowledgeably and clearly, here. But I am taking this as good news. I think. You all still need to be checking and paying attention to ovaries and breasts and colons especially. I'm serious. As Katie Couric says - Get your butt to the doctor!
While you are at it - check your skin again and apply and reapply your sunscreen. A deep tan is a sign of ignorance down here - you are just asking for trouble - and to have another chunk of your body to be cut off. Check your moles and skin and be a good do-bee. As they say in Australia, whose skin cancer rate is second only to ours - SLOP, SLIP, SLAP. Slop on the sunscreen, Slip on a long sleeved shirt, and Slap on a wide brimmed hat. It'll save on your dermatologist bills. We need more down here - a girlfriend said it took 6 months to get her first appointment with a new doctor, and she will never give up her 6 month checkup time, as the queue only gets longer.
OK, once again, carefully stepping of the box. It's been getting a good workout here! Sorry! (Not really) ; ) Love ya, love ya, love ya, Patty (Who is WITHOUT the BRACA1 and the BRACA2 gene!)


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