The original title of Pretty Woman was $3,000. No this blog post isn't about that. Its about a genetic test that I am going to have. The photo is of the mutated BRCA gene. Many breast cancer survivors have this gene. It is a mutation of a gene that if you have it you have it and you have breast cancer you have a higher risk of having ovarian cancer. I haven't had the test yet. I called my oncologist to see if I have had it yet, and he said no. He said I would have remembered having it because it costs about $3,000. I thought, hahaha doc you haven't seen my medical bills, three grand is a drop in the bucket.
I have insurance, but it may not cover it. Will I get the test if it isn't covered? Yes. Why would I want to put myself deeper in the hole financially for a simple blood test? For one it would tell me if I am at a higher risk for other cancers. Having gone through chemo once is enough thanks. It was a long year going through treatment and I certainly don't want to do that again, and would do anything I can not to go through that again.
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