Tag Archives: genetic coding

The Day I Made My Son Anxious

  It was 7:30 AM, and a full week since the last day of school. Baby #2 perched at the end of a kitchen chair, his eyes watching me as I emptied the dishwasher. “So, now what?” he asked timidly, studying my body language and facial expression. I could see the tension in his shoulders and the anxiety in his… Read more »

The Day Reproduction Retired

  Giving birth was a different experience with each of my children. With Baby #1, I was under general anesthesia for an emergency c-section at 35 weeks because of placenta previa. I remember laying in the operating room on my back, thinking about how uncomfortable I was, and then, an instant later, waking up in recovery with a flat stomach…. Read more »

The Day I Danced MJ’s Thriller for BRCA2 Testing

At the time of my diagnosis, I was 36 years old, with no family history of breast cancer. The doctor tested me for a genetic cause, as is standard practice. When the test came back positive for the BRCA2 mutation, I was not the only one affected. The genetic counselor and I met to discuss the cancer history in my family tree,… Read more »

The Day Baby #3 Asked About Cancer

There are some questions I dread being asked by my kids: “Can I tell you something and you won’t get mad?” “Where do babies come from?” “What happens if I draw on the wall?” “What’s that horrible smell? Is that DINNER?!?” All week long, Baby #3, my Kindergartener, has been home sick. It began with insomnia Saturday into Sunday, and… Read more »