Thursday, April 4, 2013

BRCA and Wigs

I got some good news this week from my genetic counselor that I'm negative for the BRCA gene. BRCA is a gene that causes breast cancer and is responsible for ~15% of breast cancers. That doesn't necessarily mean there isn't some kind of genetic component to my breast cancer, it's just that science doesn't know what that gene is yet. But being BRCA negative is a good thing overall, because I don't have to worry as much about cancer in my other breast and in my ovaries.

As promised, I wanted to show you a couple of my wigs...

Here is my main wig:

Selfie in the bathroom mirror
Up close
And here is my "wig" that's actually a hat with hair attached to it. It's way more comfortable than a regular wig and good for being "sun smart."

Check out the photo-bombing cat in the background. Love him.

I actually have one more wig and I think a new "breast friend" is sending me another, so I'll show you those two another day.

On Tuesday night I did a restorative yoga class (the easiest yoga in the world, but that's all I can handle right now). I wore this "turban" to class because I didn't want to go bald (too cold and a little to conspicuous for me right now). But I'm sure the class was still wondering what my deal was being all big and pregnant with a turban on/no hair.

30 weeks

Overall I'm feeling OK. I'm tired a lot so it's hard to work a full day or really do anything for more than a couple hours. I know the tiredness will build through my treatments especially because I'm doing "dose-dense" chemotherapy, so I'm trying to take it easy. It's hard because I like to be productive and I get bored just laying around. Too type-A.


  1. Those are fabulous, and I am loving that turbin!!

  2. Love that belly:) The wings are super cute, can't wait to see the others. Yay for more good news!

  3. The first wig doesn't even look like a wig. It looks like your natural hair. It looks gorgeous on you. I am very type A as well. I can't just sit around and not do anything. It drives me nuts.

  4. the short hair makes your smile even more beautiful!!!

  5. I LOVE both wigs , the first because it looks like you and the second because it looks like fun and is just enough different that you could be role playing some other funky chick.

  6. Hey I really loved the wigs and must admit that it was you who made them look them so beautiful. I've been wearing wigs for a very long time and prefer to buy it online from this store of Elevate Styles. And my best wishes for your baby and please keep us updated. Love ya :)