Recently, I took a genetic test to see if I carry the breast cancer gene. I tested negative for mutations in the genes that cause hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. To be clear, this is more than just the annual mammogram and breast exam. It was a blood test that took all of five minutes in my dr’s office, and three weeks to get the results.
Given that breast cancer runs in my family (my mother became a breast cancer survivor in 2009—woo hoo!), it is a great relief that my risk is substantially low. Yet, I remain vigilant checking for lumps monthly and changes in my appearance.
*If you think you might be at a greater risk because of your family history, speak with your health care provider to determine the most appropriate next steps for you.*
Life is sweet.
My apologies to New England Patriots fans. At the beginning of football season, I put a curse on the Pats. What can I say? I was going through a bad patch. I’m better now. Promise to use my powers (mostly) for good. Go Celts! Go Sox!
At my last poetry event, I changed the order of my poems based on the audience (more children than I expected). I was always too nervous to rearrange what I read on the spot because I’d get flustered. Once, I misplaced the second sheet of a two-page poem. Talk about embarrassing! Ugh. But I’m learning a lot about myself every time I read.
Join me tonight at Café Azteca with the Robert Frost Foundation as we lead off the new Hoot season. Also featured are Gray Court poet Eric Braude and writers from from Cambridge College. Open mike to follow.
Thanks for your comments from my last post about literary wills and finances for writers. The answers are substantial. I hope to use some your comments and turn it into a blog post over the next few days.
On tap this week:
1. Writing two poems
2. Finish MCC grant application
3. Diving into my reading list, which seems to be growing.
Keeping my to-do list short because I have three readings this week.
Is there such a thing as a reader’s retreat? I need to take a week and catch up on my books.