90210

For those of us in the GenX/GenY age groups, 90210 is an iconic zip code.  Who can hear those five numbers without picturing Jason Priestly pumping his fist twice as the opening credits roll?  Awesome!  Now I’m going to have their snazzy theme song stuck in my head for days. 
For this new generation of tweens, there’s a new 90210.  Same song, but with current issues.  I feel just old enough that I can’t relate to the show’s characters.  My husband’s “office wife” and one of my best friends both admitted to watching it so they could share some of the recent plot with me.  One of the young characters on the show is getting tested for the BRCA gene.  [a round of applause for the WB].  Thanks to my sister wife and my friend, I just watched a few episodes on Hulu (and by watch, I mean I fast forwarded until I found the pertinent parts).  They did a pretty good job of showcasing some of the potential emotions a person faces when deciding whether or not to get tested.  I haven’t yet seen the episode where the character finds out her results, but she really seemed to grapple with the decision of whether or not to be tested.  After she slid down a long, wavy slide at an outdoor music concert (not with a child on her lap like I frequently do), she laughed and then paused with a look of worry on her face.  Her male confidante said , “if you can’t enjoy life without knowing, then maybe you should take it.  I mean, knowing can’t be much worse than this, right?”
It’s a good point and a good question to ask yourself if you are a person who doesn’t know if you can handle or if you want to know the results of a genetic test.  Would your life be any fuller if you know the results?  Would you take action if you’re positive?  Would you constantly have this cartoon bubble with a question mark over your head if you didn’t find out?  Would it plague you?  Would you be comfortable just letting your fate happen if you chose not to get tested?
These are very personal questions and no one should judge anyone else’s answers.  I made my decision because I want to know.  I want to take action.  I don’t want to have an anxiety attack every time I get a mammogram or do a self-breast exam, just waiting to find a lump and wondering how fast it will spread or already has.  For me, that is worse than having to make the difficult decisions that accompany a positive result. 

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One thought on “90210

  1. There should be a chart in every gynecologist's office with your questions, which have both provoked and stimulated discussion amongst my colleagues who are knowledgeable and educated!

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