Thursday, December 9, 2010

Genetics

Normally I avoid the doctor like the plague, but my oldest sister's recent bout with ovarian and uterine cancer has forced me to take stock of my mortifying family medical history and try and figure out what the hell I should do. B-L-E-H.

My younger sister and I clunked heads to review our family medical history, and I figured I might as well type it up and hand it over to my doctor (I refer to him as Dr. Tiny Hands -- because he has TINY HANDS.). The horror of typing up my family medical history made me want to pretty it up, even though it really didn't change the facts.  SIGH.  Here it is, and this is just the cancer part:


My Family Medical History

if you want to get depressed and/or feel better about your life, click image to enlarge


When Dr. Tiny Hands and I started reviewing my family medical history, he tried to mask his horror, but I could see it in his eyes and in his tiny trembling hands.  LOL. Whaddya gonna do.

In addition to seeing Dr. Tiny Hands last week, I had TWO MORE MOTHERFUCKING DOCTOR APPOINTMENTS (which almost gave me a stroke, and I ended up CRYING when one doctor asked me how I was doing.  PSYCHO!!!). Doctors and medical issues (and/or the FEAR of medical issues) are probably the hardest thing for me to deal with in life, so last week was just fucking brutal. And, after reviewing my glorious family medical history, it was recommended that I see a Genetic Specialist.  JOY!!!!! So, I get to do that next week, along with seeing a physical therapist about my janky ankle (sprained nearly two years ago, and it is STILL jacked up), plus I get to have a cervical polyp removed (sorry for the TMI, but might as well throw it all out there for ya), plus they are telling me I am due for yet another mammogram.  @%^!&*!@#$%&^!*#@ I imagine the Genetic Specialist will just tell me I am fucked in the genetics department, but I guess I'll give it all a listen and try not to shoot myself!  GAH.

P.S. On a slightly cheerier note, my oldest sister finished chemotherapy (that form of treatment is straight from THE DEVIL and/or Nazi Germany and/or Chernobyl) in November, and it seems like she is going to be ok -- other than being SHATTERED INTERNALLY FROM THE WHOLE DAMN EXPERIENCE and ROBBED OF ALL OF HER INTERNAL REPRODUCTIVE EQUIPMENT -- I think she will be ok.

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48 comments:

Christiejolu said...

I am glad your sister is going to be Ok...I wishing the best for you too...

Marsi @ The Cottage Cheese said...

I'm so glad to hear that your sister is recovering! That's scary stuff, but I'm glad to hear that you are taking care of yourself. I was without medical insurance for 5 years, and haven't been to the Dr. in that long. I just got medical coverage a few days ago, and January will be a big month for me. I have a history of cancer in my family too, so it's time for me to grow up, act like a big girl, and get checked out. Good luck girlie, I hope everything is ok.

bananas. said...

EEKS! and i thought my family was bad but compared to that we have it easy! yeesh!

unforch for us we also have the "kennedy" curse, as we call it. lots of folks have passed away in my fam so that part sucks :(

good luck w/the genetics doctor...i'm sending you good medical mojo today, tomorrow and forever. hugs

diane said...

Holy mother of g*d Batman, that's a lot of hard info. to digest. Going to the doctor is scary, but you're doing what you need to do. If I had medical insurance I would be right there with you (a lot of cancer in my family too). For now, I'm ignorant and hoping for the best. Hugs. xo d

blueviolet said...

This is just way too much for anyone to handle. I am in awe of you for hanging in there so tough.

Great news about your sis!

And hugs and more hugs to you!

Jude said...

That is great news about your sister and I hope she just keeps getting better and better! I have a horribly dodgy family medical history too (in the cancer and stroke department) and the only reason I haven't come face to face with it - like you have - is because I'm nowhere near as brave! I know it's so stupid of me because, hey, you gotta face reality sooner or later (plus, my own beloved sis is a doctor for crying out loud! yet still...)

I guess it's just so brutal sometimes to think through these things. I'm sending lots of good wishes and thoughts your way - may the fact you're facing it down so bravely only mean, if anything, you'll nip any problems in the bud, before they spiral out of control!

Brandi said...

I am glad that your sister id on the mend. You deserve to treat yourself to something pretty after all those trips to the doctors.

tulpen said...

Oh Gawd. I hope you drink... didn't see any liver cancer on there....

TERI REES WANG said...

Oh, no...
Do not let anybody "Should" on you!

I know all about not having Cancer.
Because I do not want it.
And, I do not want you to want it.

You can start here:
> Low acid diet = means not soda.
> Intravenous, high doses of Vit. C, for a week or a month (50,000 I.U.)

Be well. Be swell. Be smart.

Cheers!

Lorena said...

Dear Lord, this is a lot to digest.
At first glance (i have bad eyesight) I though it was a wedding invitation !
Looking at it in a positive way, you know what to look for - as you have warning signs.
Plus it doesn't have to happen to you, there are always odds. You oddball!

SabinePsynopsis said...

I'm with Eden - just think of all the cancers and illnesses that aren't on this list. No, I don't want to make light of your fears (and crying at the doctor breaks my heart), I'm just trying to cheer you up. I know you will be the healthy exeption!

Heff said...

I avoid the Doc at ALL COST !

ASSHOLE BOYFRIEND said...

What you DON'T have:

Distended tongue.
Heel spurs.
Cotard’s Syndrome.
Hallucinations.
Imbilical hernia.
Gigantism.
Eyelash cancer.
Jumping Frenchman disorder.
Vampirism.

Trixie said...

I hope she will be okay!

And you too. And as far as TMI I think everyone just throw it out there. Polyps? Let us know. The more people talk about it the more they'll go get checked

xoxo

Phoenix said...

Damn girl... I am sending you some seriously positive vibes to help you get through the next couple days. Keeping a sense of humor as you obviously have always helps... so do virtual hugs, I'm hoping.

HUGS,
t

Caroline said...

*sigh*

For fucks sake... I think you need to go out get yourself a man...get some lovin'...get drunk...and spend money like it's going out of style.

No really, that's some tough shit girl. But thankfully you have a sense of humor about it. ((hugs))

Morgan said...

Whoa... that's some history you have. At least your sister is doing better... although I'm sure she's still emotionally drained. Maybe you'll be the exception to all that history!!!

morgan said...

Good to hear about your sister doing better. Especially when you consider the alternative. And don't feel bad, my family history would like quite similar, except there would be a lot more references to alcoholism and depression. Cuz apparently, having cancer makes you depressed and wanna get drunk.

Char said...

i'm so glad to hear about your sister! and if it is any consulation, my parents both deceased from cancer at age 69 and my paternal grandfather too. the good news is my grandmother lived to 100 and my other grandmother died in childbirth...*sigh*

Dancing Branflake said...

I'm so sorry Droll Girl. This all sounds so horrible. My heart goes out to you!

Dancing Branflake said...

Oh, and just to let you know I'll pray for you. Even if you don't want me to and even if you put up a stink about it I'll still do it because what you're going through is hard and you deserve all the goodness to come your way.

Brooke said...

So glad your sister is going to be okay, and I'm wishing the best for you...it all doesn't sound fun AT ALL. I'm with you in the shitty genetics area. I'm currently in Ohio helping with the final auction of my grandmother's estate. She died in her early 70's of Alzheimer's. Her 1st husband (my grandpa) died of cancer before I was born. And, that is the healthy side of my family. I don't even know where to start with the paternal side. I should probably pick a husband based purely on the health of his family. Give my future kids a fighting chance. Haha.

Felicia said...

I'm glad you are being proactive about it! My sister is being a dumbass and doing the opposite of you, even though the family history is like yours. I'm not biological to them so I'm not affected, although I always say that my own family history is probably WAY worse than anything in the world and I'll never know it because that's just my luck.

And chemo is TERRIBLE. I always thought my mom was being a selfish bitch when she said that if her cancer came back she would not do chemo. But after being with her during it and seeing other people go through it I totally understand now.

Good luck with all the appointments, I know it must be so scary. Just think of Sawyer by your side through the whole thing. By the way, did you ever finish all the last season of Lost? What did you think of it?

georgia~gigi said...

Oh, Drollgirl I am sorry you have all that going on! I am certain your humor will take you far in all this!
Glad your sister is doing better, and sorry she has had to go thru all that!
Dr. Tiny hands, he he, I wish I would have had him in the delivery room! I am pretty sure I had Dr. HUGE hand! Not fun!
xo
gi gi

creative kerfuffle said...

oh honey. i had no idea it was that bad. i thought my kids were fucked because they have heart issues from my mom's side of the family and the hubs' family is filled w/ hearth disease, strokes and diabetes. there's some cancer in there too. i'm glad you are being so proactive though, really, that's a good thing. and, i'm glad your sister is doing better.

K.Line said...

First - I'm so happy to hear that your sister is going to be ok (though ok takes on a whole new meaning, I realize, when your body isn't the same and you've lived through such an ordeal). Secondly, that's one impressive and scary-ass family history, which is why you are so smart to be so proactive. That's why you're going to be fine no matter what. You're not hiding under a rock.

I'd also love to see an artistic rendition of the amazing family traits you've been blessed with. You know, for kicks. :-)

Susan Erickson said...

the ankle thing is probably achilles tendonitis...the family history thing will always suck.....doctors are really not that much help either...eat right and go for a long walk every day....don't worry...glad sis is feeling better....life just sucks sometimes.....

Sister Wolf said...

I want you to make one of those things for my family. Please! We also have depression, bi-polar, and autism.

Farah said...

Good to know that your sister is essentially okay. And I really really hope that all the doctors appointments go well for you dear. Don't worry, things have a knack of working out! ;)

vint junky said...

Ah hon! Fingers crossed you're the exception.
All the ladies on my maternal side have died (some quite young) of annurisms usually cerebreal, there's only my mum left :(
And I freak at headaches!

Best wishes to your sis, glad she's doing well

xx

the spectator said...

You are doing all the right things!!!

Kristine said...

So glad your sister is doing okay. Cancer is such an asshole. Cry whenever you feel like it. Good to get the release whenever you can because you are dealing with scary stuff.Amazing that even when you are freaking out you manage to inject some humour in there. Love the beautiful presentation of your list of shitty genetics.You have all kinds of people sending you good healthy vibes!

anita @ a dreamer's den said...

sometimes it totally sucks being a grown-up and having to do shit we hate.
But you're doing it!!
And the good news is that being proactive is the best thing you can do.
(So glad your sister is better!!!!)

krista said...

dude.
my sister in law is dealing with this right now. she has the genetic markers for both breast and ovarian cancer (is going through chemo for ovarian cancer right now.) her mom and sister both passed in their thirties. my 21 year old niece just did the testing and she has the markers for both as well.
life is shit sometimes.

Tia said...

Hope everything is going okay, I know this sucks ass! Glad to her things are going to be ok for your sis, and good luck with the Genetic Specialist!!

♥♥

TK Kerouac said...

Hope everything goes well,
my family health Invitation card would read more like the mental health card from hell!

Its always something with families, isnt it?

Sarcastic Bastard said...

So glad to hear your sister is going to be okay. My family (knock wood) usually all live to be pretty old (they just go batshit mentally--I figure I can live with that), then when they DO get sick finally (after the age of 80 or 90), some sort of viscious cancer takes them down, usually fairly quickly.

You have my sympathies, and I will be thinking of you. I just had a mammogram, a diagnostic mammogram, and an ultrasound. Nothing like having your tits smashed in a vice multiple fucking times!

Love you.

SB

Kathryn said...

I am glad to hear that your sister is doing ok. While being pro-active, aware and early detection cancer can be effective in treating it, stress can wreak as much if not more havoc on your health.

While both of my parents, an aunt, both grandfathers and my great-grandmother all died of cancers. If I average their ages, the stats guess I would be up for a coffin in a year or two.

However, on the other side of the coin, my maternal grandmother worked (by choice, she retired at 65, was bored and hated it) until the day she died at age 77. My aunt who now has now be pushing 80 (and married to guy than is more than young enough to be one of her kids) was just as fiesty as ever the last time I saw her.

While being aware that your glass could be half empty, it might also be more than half full; don't forget to enjoy what is left in the glass.

Kitty Stampede said...

Oh Lordy, What a week for you. Shite. I wish I had some words of advice or something. dammit, me and my blank ass mind. I am very happy that your sister is doing good after chemo, that stuff IS nuts.
I cannot believe how you prettied up your meds history like that, barbie style. you are TOO much. I hope all those dreaded diseases stay a gazillion miles away from you. Make sure you eat healthy (mostly orgranic) and take supplements. They save. Seriously..We are just missing so much from our diets and that is why we break down with cancer. we have to keep our immune system strong.
Seriously if you ever have the chance, go see a naturopathic doctor...they know more about health than regular medical doctors and will set you on a path of good health..you probs need some pro-biotics, omega 3, vitamin d, and a good multivitamin. sorry i'm so giving advice and i didn't mean to. one of my major recent interests is health and my best friend is a holistic nutritionist. seriously, the natural route is the way to go. All the people I know into it are supremely healthy and never get sick.

i hope you have a wicked weekend sista...and thank you so much for that nemesis shit...oh god, it KILLLLED me.

E said...

Omigod, I'm glad to hear your sister is coming out of chemo ok. I've lost a few family members to cancer, as well, and it's so damn scary. It sounds like you're doing the right thing and staying on top of your health. I haven't gotten in a physical in years... should proabbly do that...

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

man-positive vibes your way lady.

Pretty Little World said...

I'm glad that - despite all of the ways that chemo completely messes people up - your sister is going to be okay! I'm it must have been hell, so it's great to have positive news at the end!

Sorry about your family's wonky medical history. My family doesn't have any history of medical problems... unless you count all of the crazies. And I'm not going to count, so we'll just leave it at "a lot." On both sides.

Hopefully your weekend - in between all of the wonkiness - will be better!

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Good vibes, hugs, and chocolates your way!

Boo to crappy genes (I always tell my husband that our kids should have my genes in terms of health and his in terms of other nerdy abilities)! Well you're taking the right steps and hoping for the best!

cerebral e said...

Yikes. I hope it all goes okay.

Must remember to not be a jerk to patients.

I have tiny hands, is that okay in a female doctor?

Katie said...

you are a brave one. i also have super huge doctor fears and had a big scare the other night. im making an appointment today. i know it sucks but it's our body so we have to take care of it and blah blah blah. anyway, go you and go your sister.x

thelayeredpancake said...

oh girly, i wish you didnt have to go through all this. i know so many friends who have/have had cancer. it scares me so much.
i hope you conquer your genetics and i send you much love from my side.

Chessa! said...

oh dear. cancer is so fucked up. the entire experience is nothing short of a nightmare. I'm thinking about you and I'm glad your sister is doing ok. x

sealaura said...

so glad your sister is doing better. and i know what you mean about psycho doctors. mine has the worst bedside manner, one time I went in for something and he told me "at least it's not cancer" and I was like F U!!!!! since I've already had it 3 times.