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Thursday, April 23, 2015

genetic testing

It's been in the news again recently, when Angelina Jolie wrote about her most recent surgery to prevent cancer.

Normally I am very, very proud of my Ashkenazi Jewish heritage.  But it does come with certain genetic risk factors.  And my doctor was concerned enough to send me over to the hospital to speak with a counselor.

The test itself is simple.  You swish some  mouthwash and spit into a tube.  The tube is sent to the lab, where your DNA is extracted from the mouthwash and analyzed.

The more difficult part is making the decision to be tested, and what do you do with the results.

I'm the "knowledge is power" type.  If you tell me that my family history and medical history are indications that I should be tested, I'm there.  Even if the news is bad, I want that information.  So yes, I spit into that tube.

What I'll do with that information, though...that's not so easy. 

I've been to hell and back, and I don't want to go there again.  But what am I willing to do to keep myself healthy and sane?

And how much information should I share?  And with whom?

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Silvia Jacinto said...

Life is a battle, if you don't know how to defend yourself then you'll end up being a loser. So, better take any challenges as your stepping stone to become a better person. Have fun, explore and make a lot of memories.

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