Mother and teen daughter test positive for breast cancer gene
(WAFF) - In July of 2004, Christy Wheat had a medical test which would change her life.
"Well, I took the test because of family history. Grandmother had cancer. Mother had preventative surgery also. She had a hysterectomy and mastectomy. I have two other aunts who have cancer, well actually three," Wheat said.
Breast cancer was a formidable foe, striking the women in her family and leaving fear in its wake.
"I was scared because the family history the gene was just so prevalent," Wheat said.
She says she had a premonition about the outcome, "I knew I was positive before the results came back," Wheat said, "I was about 98% positive for breast cancer, the genetic testing, which is why I had a hysterectomy and a mastectomy."
The genetics involved also made Wheat very concerned for her daughter, "We'd have to have her tested at some point, just did not think we'd do it at the age of 17 but we did and she's positive.Well the first thing she said was well I don't want to die. You know and I've told her, Madison knowledge is power. By knowing we can react the way we need to, and take proper procedure. "
She says they will seek options in order to make an informed plan for her daughter. She says it is a big concern. "Well, I don't want to go through what you've been through, and that's tough."
"I want to console her and comfort her but I also really need her to understand this is not anything we can play with," Wheat said.
Christy says she hopes sharing her experience will help other women make good choices, "You know if you have history,...anybody in your family, just go see your doctor."
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