Good News, Genetically Speaking.
On Wednesday, I received the results of my genetic testing. Negative.
It was all negative. Which means that, genetically speaking, I have no predisposition to
many cancers, including breast cancer. I am so relieved and grateful.
Why is this important? Because it confirms my other tests.
The cause of my cancer was hormones and provides important information for my
doctors. It helps them create the most effective treatment plan customized for
It also confirms that my sisters and nieces are less likely
to carry cancer genes. That said, my sisters now have two first-degree
connections that have had breast cancer, me and my mother. And anyone with two
first-degree connections with cancer must take greater care with their breast
Remember your breast self-exams, and if you find any changes, see
Ups and Downs.
We celebrated the good news from the genetic testing, but I
began to wonder about the future. My vibration began to sink as my wondering
didn’t provide clear answers. I was in my head and not in my heart. It was a
low point in my week.
Then the universe sent me a signal in the form of films.
First, I watched The Warrior Queen of Jhansi. (Such a great story! Highly recommended!) When I
finished watching that film, I watched the tail end of Crouching Tiger Hidden
Dragon, and then I noticed that Red Sonja was next on the schedule. Are you sensing a theme?
the empowered woman theme, and add a modern day example, I learned a short while later that the chief engineer for the new electric
Ford 150, is Linda Zhang. So, it seemed like the universe was sending me a
signal to be strong, be a warrior, and anything is possible.
My thoughts came back into the moment. I was gentle with
myself and realized that I needed some self-nurturing. Nurturing myself doesn’t
come natural to me. It’s something that I’ve developed and worked on for the
past year. It’s a tool that I’ve add to my self-care toolbox. This week I
remembered to use that tool – and it really helped me.
Warriors come in many forms.
I Received my Second COVID Vaccine on Friday!!!
As with the first dose, I had muscle soreness in my still tender,
post-surgical pectorals. The second dose also came with mild flu-like symptoms and a
low-grade fever. It felt like my body was fighting something off which is
exactly what it feels like to build immunity. And by Sunday I felt well again.
What a relief!
If you, or someone you know, are hesitating to get your
COVID vaccine, please use me as an example. If I can be healing from cancer
surgery and handle that vaccine, you/they most likely can too. Let’s all get
vaccinated, end this pandemic, and get on with our lives.
On Sunday my husband had a friend over. They are both fully vaccinated, so we enjoyed our time together without masks. We ate a good meal,
watched some playoff basketball and hockey, and laughed a lot. In the evening
the guys went out to the balcony to smoke, drink, and laugh like old men. It
filled my heart with joy.
Lessons This Week.
It’s helpful to know what’s in our self-care toolbox and
remember to use those tools when we need them. We can care for and nourish
ourselves when we need it. What’s in your self-care toolbox? Is there anything
that will serve you now in this moment?
Let’s expand our definition of self-care to include our
healthcare needs. Whether it’s our annual exam or going to the doctor when
we find a lump, and everything in between. Our healthcare is self-care. This includes
our mental health. Maybe this is obvious to you, dear reader, but self-care is
something that I’ve learned over time.
Joy boosts vibration. Look for joy and let it
nourish. Take it in and feel it in your awareness and body. It’s a powerful
We are leaders, warriors, and we are capable of anything
we put our energy towards. It’s easy to forget when life presents
challenges, and our energy is low. And it is always true. We have so much
potential within us. We got this.
May this be of service.