I’m so relieved. My genetic test results came back normal. Hooray! For my own self-centered reasons, I am happy because this means that removal of my ovaries will not be recommended. The genes (BRCA 1 & 2) put women at a 40% risk of ovarian cancer, in addition to the increased risk of breast cancer. Since ovarian cancer is very difficult to detect until it is fairly advanced, the 40% odds are kind of sobering. I’m relieved that my ovaries are “off the table” surgery wise.

The other reason I am relieved is that this means that family members, especially the young women in the family like my daughter and nieces do not need testing.