Here is the email I just sent out:
Dear Platinum Members of the Barbara Fan Club,
It's hard to believe that after everything that Barbara's been through this past 3 weeks, we're so ecstatic we could do the happy dance right now: Barbara's genetic test for BRCA (the breast cancer gene mutation) came back negative. NEGATIVE!!!
This is such wonderful news. No oophorectomy (really, that's a word–it means surgery to remove the ovaries–I would've called it an ovarectomy but nobody asked) and no bilateral mastectomy (removal of both breasts).
Thursday she gets the tube/balloon inserted (an in-office procedure) for the radiation therapy. Then, Monday through Friday of next week she has radiation treatments 2x/day.
She'll go every three months for a mammogram until the doctors feel she's safe to go every six months, then annually.
Is that the best news, ever? YES. Yes, it is.
Love and a tidal wave of relief,