Just a bit of a rant about medical workers!!!
My birth mom died of breast cancer when she was 24 after fighting the disease first at the age of 21 having one breast removed and secondly when she hit 23 from which she eventually died. This I knew, I also knew this made me more of a risk!!!
I recieved an appt at a hospital about an hour away to meet someone in the genetics dept, I arrive and it turns out that this is Christies a specialist cancer hospital filled with people who have cancer undergoing treatment, I went and had my appointment te doctors starts the appointment saying ‘You are extremely high risk’ she continues this by explaining she had been researching my birth mom and family for some time (who gave her permission???) and that I was deemed exceptionally highrisk owing to several young female family members contracting and dying of the disease - I know very little about my birth family.
Then she tells me that I will be put on a list for a mammogram when I reach 30 but given the young age at which women contract the cancer in my family this might not be of use, then she suggests I consider surgery and that I discuss it in the future with her.
I am only 21 I feel it was very insenstive to break this news in this way did i need to go to a cancer unit to hear im high risk and they cant do anything?? How dare a doctor know more about my birth family than me? I feel exhausted in under a month Ive had doctors trying to take my ovaries and now my breasts - I just feel less than a woman right now.
Im also upset my mom dies at 24, she was the mother of four children and only 3 years older than me - Im terrified that I could have cancer before Ive even started my life! I dont know how much more I can take!