A Sibling Seeks Protection From Cancer
Leah Grant, 37, Beaverton, Oregon, adaptive gymnastics program manager
I would highly recommend Genome Medical. I felt all the options were presented and whatever I decided to do was respected and supported.
A few years ago, one of my three older sisters, Erin, passed away from breast cancer. It was just after her 39th birthday; she had been diagnosed when she was 31. A few years after that, another sister was diagnosed just after she turned 40. That sister is still living, but it’s a very aggressive form of cancer that has spread to her brain.
After my second sister was diagnosed, I made the appointment with Genome Medical. My genetic counselor and I chatted about my medical history and then she gave me a bunch of information.
GENOME MEDICAL TREATMENT NOTES
In this situation, with a strong family history, the goal of the consultation is to better estimate this patient’s risk of developing breast cancer. My recollection is that one sister with cancer had already had genetic testing that was negative. In that situation, the utility of genetic testing in your unaffected patient is a lot lower.
Bobbi McGivern, MS, CGC
Leah’s Genome Medical genetic counselor
Bobbi was very respectful—answering all my questions and not being judgmental with what I decided. I decided not to do further testing because I already know the chances are high.
She was very encouraging that I can always change my mind and contact her for more information, which I very much appreciated. I felt all the options were presented and whatever I decided to do was respected and supported.
I had been getting regular mammograms for the most part, but I don’t think they were completely annual. Now I do regular annual exams and sometimes an ultrasound, depending on what they see. I’ll be doing regular MRIs, as well.
Because I know what my chances are, anytime I have a concern, I get it checked out, and I feel better.
I would highly recommend Genome Medical. You can talk to somebody who can explain everything that you can do, and then you can make a more educated decision. The process is really easy and it’s comforting knowing that you have options.▢
Who Should Get Genetic Counseling?
Anyone interested in learning how their genetics may impact their health can have genetic counseling, whether or not they have a genetic condition in their family. People may seek genetic counseling with a certified genetic counselor from Genome Medical for different reasons.
"My grandpa died of a heart condition at 53. Can genetic testing help tell me if I'm at risk too?"
"I am curious about my DNA. What can genetic testing tell me about my future health risk?"
"My partner and I are thinking about having kids. Should we consider genetic testing?"
“I am grateful for this potentially life-saving opportunity. Specifically, Katelyn Swade was fantastic, knowledgeable, reassuring and answered all of my questions. I will absolutely recommend this to friends and family suffering from similar ailments.”
“Ms. Sheryl Walker was extremely helpful, patient, very knowledgeable. She took the time to make sure I understood what she was telling me and if I didn’t she went into further detail. All the questions I had were answered. She made the counseling end of it easy.”
“Erica Schindewolf was absolutely amazing. She put my mind at ease and advised me in a way that answered all of my questions and made me feel comfortable.”
“Wonderful discussion with Ashley and Anna, both very knowledgeable, professional and prepared for our conversation. Greatly appreciated their help and guidance.”
“I think the type of services provided are superb and quite actionable in a quick matter that showed me they care and they take care of this stuff quickly so we can be informed and get results quickly.”
“I had a really helpful and productive conversation with the genetic counselor. She listened well and set reasonable expectations for what I can expect from my genetic tests. She was great!”
“Every question was answered and everything was explained so very clearly. I was very comfortable with my counselors who were very pleasant and very knowledgeable.”
“Natalie was great at taking the time to share her knowledge and gather important information needed to achieve my goal.”
“Mary Francis Garber was extremely knowledgeable and compassionate. She did an excellent job helping me understand the process and the implications of the testing.”
“Ashley was SO easy to talk to and was very clear and concise on her questions. She made me feel very comfortable and I learned a lot from her!”