Today I had my first appointment with a gynecologic oncologist. I liked her a lot – she went through my history and explained the standard procedures for ovarian cancer screening – yearly CA125 blood tests and vaginal ultrasounds every 6 months. Easy enough, though I can’t help but worry about this first CA125 test because… well… you all know what happened with my first MRI.
I’m hanging my hat on the fact that ovarian cancer generally strikes later in life
than breast cancer, but you can never be too sure so I’m not going to say anything until I get my results.
It was kind of surreal sitting in an office talking to a doctor about having my ovaries and fallopian tubes removed. That measure was so far from my mind 4 years ago when I found out my BRCA status. Because my mom had breast cancer and I never knew her mother, who passed away from ovarian cancer, I was much more cognizant and scared about my breast cancer risk than my ovarian cancer risk. But now that I’ve been there and done that with breast cancer, the reality is I have to think about ovarian cancer, and getting those parts removed is my next step. Ideally, I won’t develop ovarian cancer and I’ll have the surgeries when I’m 32 or 33, after having kids naturally.