Friday, August 22, 2014
Anything Goes Linky #168, Features, and Treatment Update
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If you would like an update on my breast cancer treatment, go ahead and read this paragraph. If not, go ahead and skip to our great features and linky! I have not been updating you much on my treatment front, since I want to be positive, and happy here at Bacon Time. Earlier this month, I met with my medical oncologist. They said since I am on a form of "oral chemo" I will need to have regular blood work. Unfortunately the blood work showed that I have a slight abnormality in my cells, which needs further study. It could be a simple vitamin deficiency, so I am trying not to worry, always easier said then done. Results should be in soon. Regardless of those results, further discussion is needed with the experts. After 4 rounds of prescription meds, I have yet to kick a nasty reoccurring infection. They say it has nothing to do with the medication I am taking to help prevent a further breast cancer. If that's the case, I need answers for why I am still sick. I hate being whiny, but I refuse to accept sick as my new normal. At least I do have some good news. You may recall me mentioning that I met with a genetic counselor, and we chose to run a comprehensive gene test, to see if I carried any mutations. I wanted to know for my own sake, as well as my children. I learned before I made my treatment decision, that I didn't have any of the top 6 gene mutations associated with breast cancer. This week, after 3 months of patiently waiting for results, the 12 other tests results came in! I am happy to share that all of them came back negative for a genetic mutation. One gene "MRE11A" however came back with a variance that needs further study. They are uncertain at this time, if the variance is of any real concern. The genetic gurus at the lab will try to determine if it's a benign variance. You see many of these gene tests are still new science. It feels good to know that in a small way, I am helping advance the study of gene mutations associated with cancers. MRE11A is a gene that appears to serve a role in the bodies ability to repair DNA damage. Mutations with this gene are associated with a higher risk of breast, and ovarian cancer. Please keep in mind, this is my interpretation of the scientific facts presented to me. I am not a doctor, and apologize if anything I said is incorrect. So you see, once again I feel like I am in limbo, and somewhat thinking a mastectomy would be an easier alternative. Aside from all this, I am good, my boys are healthy, and back to school, my marriage is happy, and I truly have so much to be thankful for.
Always staying busy, I have shared a few fun things this week, like my 5 minute caramel apple cream pie, sun ripened tomato basil chicken pizza, and handmade pumpkin loofah soap.
Now for some awesome features from last weeks linky:
Pom Pom Pen Tutorial shared by The Crafty Blog Stalker.
Zucchini Pizza Crust shared by Scrapality.
Camo and Floral shared by Sincerely Jenna Marie
Now it's time to share what you have been up to!
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