If only I’d known then, what I know now…..
My name is Mark and I’m BRCA2. This is my first blog on the BreastCancerGenetics.co.uk website. It is just a quick “hello” to make sure I can work the website. Today seems like a good day to start as I’m off to the Royal Mardsen Hospital later for my annual PSA blood test to see whether I have prostate cancer yet.
The annual blood test is one of the best things about discovering I’ve got a BRCA gene defect. It is an excuse to take some time off work, head over to South Kensington have lunch and stroll around an nice part of London. On the other hand I hate giving blood and often feel faint, so I usually give blood lying down with a butterfly in the back of my hand.
You learn some strange things when you visit hospitals regularly. Both my son and daughter also have hard-to-get at veins. My daughter puts her arm in a sharps bin full of boiling water to get the veins to stand up. I prefer warm clothes and a large steaming hot chocolate, just before going in.
Before I head off to get some hot chocolate, can I make a small plea… This blog might get really boring if I sit here talking to myself. So please ask questions or challenge me on anything I’ve said. By talking, sharing and supporting we can make the journey better for all of us!