When you get diagnosed with breast cancer, you can't help but wonder what caused it, why me, is it genetic... In my case the BRCA testing didn't reveal anything genetic. But this article got me thinking...I may have been given DES during my second pregnancy.
Some of you know that my first pregnancy ended at 6 1/2 months and resulted in the birth of a premature little girl who died three weeks after birth. That was a troubled pregnancy and I am sure I was given something to prevent early labor, as I had bleeding and cramps. When I got pregnant again several months later, I clearly remember being given a prescription for "hormones to make sure it doesn't happen again." It would be almost impossible to go back 43 years and find a record of my prescriptions. And I doubt the OB/GYN would even be alive at this point.
Fortunately, only one of my children was probably exposed to DES...my oldest son. Unless...we all got it in our beef:
I'm not going to fret over it because what's done is done. But it does show, once again, that we never REALLY know about long-term consequences of drugs until millions have been exposed and the harm starts to appear.
One word of advice - keep track of the drugs you've taken...forever.