Monday, July 28, 2008

It's been a while, but I'm still here!

Hey there blogland. I'm sorry it's been so long since i've posted but a lot's been going on. I know that's not a good reason to neglect you, however.

I just wanted to give a quick update...

First off - I climbed Mt. Washington (one of the highest mountains on the east coast, highest in the northeast) and it gave me a great sense of personal accomplishment. I will post pictures so as soon as I download them. It doesn't outwardly have much to do with BRCA, but when I think of it as a milestone in my life and a challenge that I completed and was proud of, it inherently connects. I guess it's because A) it's metaphorical for a big thing in my life and B) it's something physical that I was able to do. Exercise is a big thing for me with BRCA, and I trained for this and then did it in good time (though I was quite sore afterward). Now I just have to set goals for myself so I keep running and exercising.

Second off - I made an appointment to see a specialist who I've heard good things about, just to see if maybe she could be my contact for all things BRCA, and also the place I went to for regular screenings. Let me tell you... getting an appointment was a nightmare. These people only have ONE person working to get appts for new patients... and it is MUCHO hard to get in touch with her. As much as that pissed me off, i'm glad I got the appointment.

And here's another thing that's been on my mind... I really want to quit my job because I hate it and I hate my commute and I want a new one NOW. But I'm so scared to not have health insurance, even if it's just for a month or so. I'm not sure what to do, except maybe quit and immediately opt for COBRA or an individual plan for as long as I need to. We'll see. Dammit... why is this even an issue? Shouldn't we all be able to just see doctors when we want to? Anyway as you can tell I'm quite frustrated right now...

Alright that's all I'll give you for now. But tonight I'm going to attend a workshop at Fox Chase Cancer Center for young girls who may be at high risk. It's goal is to inform them of testing, how it works, what it means, etc. but also talk a little about the implications. I've been asked to share my story, which I'm SO willing to do. So I'll let you know how that goes.