BRCA Genes and Chemo

BRCA RibbonEarlier this month, we met with a genetic counselor, and I had blood drawn to test for the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations.

The test came back positive for a “deleterious” (harmful) BRCA2 gene mutation. The BRCA2 gene mutation is inherited and puts one at a greater risk for certain cancers. Interestingly enough, about 0.2% of the population carries a BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation. (source)

Since we found out about the gene mutation and some other aspects of my cancer, the doctors that we have been consulting, both here at Northwestern and in Atlanta, have advised a more aggressive course of treatment. Ultimately, God has impressed on our hearts what He would have us do next. I will start chemotherapy at Northwestern next week (March 8). 

The doctors have also mentioned future treatments that don’t sound too exciting, but we will seek the Lord for His direction each step of the way. Dan and I have certainly been learning some important lessons along the way. In many ways, this trial seems harder on Dan than anyone else. He is quite overwhelmed with the thought of chemo but is now convinced, as I have been, that this is the next step to take. Please remember to pray for him when you pray for me. Numerous times we have sensed God moving in response to the prayers of His people. Thank you for praying, and to God be the glory!

Throughout the chemo, I’ll be working closely with my doctor to receive treatments to support my immune system. Although these treatments are not covered by insurance, I believe they are vital for helping the body recover from the toxic chemotherapy. So, again we look to Jehovah-Jireh for His provision.

Even though six months of this cancer journey is behind us, I have no doubt the next few months will be most challenging. However, Christ’s words in Matthew 8:26, “Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?” remind me to be full of faith rather than fear. And His actions that followed--rebuking the winds and creating a calm--demonstrate His great power.

“What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!” the disciples observed. Their awe was not primarily on the action but on the One Who performed it. He is the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the Creator and Calmer of our storms!