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November 2009 – Norfolk

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Mark and I had made a move from Bedfordshire to Norfolk. The genetics department in Bedfordshire would contact my local genetics department so that I could be tested for the gene, and a few weeks later I received a letter for me to make an appointment.

Tuesday 6th October 2009 – Dads Results

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I remember waiting in the hospital reception with my dad and Tracey. It seemed like we had only just sat down when they called us through. As I walked into the room, I could feel it was bad news as our genetic consultant was now joined by another person. All 5 of us squeezed into a tiny room as the result was delivered. It was bad news. Dad had the mutated gene.
He looked really quite upset. Even though he said he was fine and was expecting that result, you could tell on his face that he wasn’t entirely happy with the result. Knowing dad, I guessed that he wasn’t upset that he personally had the gene, but would be upset as there was now a real chance of me having the gene and if I did have it, that somehow he would be to blame. We left the room and went back to my parents house to tell mum the news.

Tuesday 7th July 2009 – My 1st Appointment

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When the day came, I took my sister Tracey along to my first appointment. With my genetic consultant we went through the family tree and worked out what my percentages would be to inherit the gene. It was worked out if we followed the gene down from a relative we knew who had it, on paper I would have a 1 in 8 chance of having the gene. As the national figure for women getting breast cancer was 1 in 9, I wasn’t eligible to have the test done. The only way I could be tested is if my dad was found to test positive with the gene. With this news we returned to mum and dad to tell them. Without a second thought, dad had booked himself in for genetic appointments where he confirmed that he would like to have the genetic testing done. He gave his blood and we waited for his results to come back.

Tuesday 28th April 2009 – The Doctors

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After talking to the doctor about the letter received from my dads aunty, and much “are you sure you want to go ahead with this?” from my doctor, a referral was made to my local hospital with the genetics department. I received a letter through the post and made an appointment but it wasn’t for another few months. Not much thought went into ‘what might happen’ at the appointment. To be honest, at this stage to me it was like it was just general doctor’s appointment. I thought that if I did have the gene, it wouldn’t really have any impact on me. If I did have it, then it would be a good thing as I could be screened for any abnormalities and catch them early.

April 2009 – Bedfordshire

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It was a few months ago that that I heard about the BRCA1 gene mutation in our family. My dad had received a letter from his auntie advising him that the gene mutation had been found. The test had been carried out after many women in our family had died of breast and ovarian cancer at an early age. At first it didn’t seem like anything to worry about, but after discussing it with my husband Mark and my parents, we were eager to find out if I had the gene, so I made a doctors appointment to get tested.

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