Bev, Thanks so much for your response. I hadn't thought of that. My mom is doing great! She has hit her 6 year mark and is healthy and cancer free. I am going to look for a genetic counselor tomorrow. Thanks again!
Teresa, I definitely feel better knowing since I have some control over any potential cancer. I am tested regularly and hopefully, if anything develops, it will be caught in time to save my life.
I actually had the test before I spoke to a genetic counselor, sort of did it backwards! When I finally did meet with her she told me that many people never go on to the testing part after they meet with her. I think that people have it all wrong, in the near future your annual physical will be just a blood test for regular screening and genetic mutations. We are lucky to be alive now with science progressing so quickly and having all the great non invasive technology available to us.
My niece, who is also positive, is a molecular biologist and she told me that I may have saved her life. Since she's in that field, she obviously understands precisely how important it is to have this information.