I sit here today thinking how important it is for people to know the family genealogy.
Three months ago I went for a genetic test for cancer. Some people where scared that the gene was passed to others meaning a death sentence. In actuality it is not. It is a alert for people to maintain good medical attention.
The gene has been identified as MSH2, which is known as Hereditary Nonpolyposis Colorectal Cancer. The name is very deceiving. This gene can cause cancer in the Stomach, Colon and for females in our family Uterus Cancer. Scary.!!!!
As the Dr. was asking me why I had the test done and what I wanted to come out of it. I explained to him that there is a lot of cancer in the family and right now my brother has gone through a ordeal with it. I also explained that I have 3 children and come June this year I will have eight grandchildren. If there is a way to prevent cancer in my family it is important. That is why I took the test.
He looked at me and said that with my four mild heart attacks, Multiple Sclerosis and suffering a stroke July 2009, I would be one person that didn't need anymore on my plate. He hung his head and said that I tested positive. With tears welling up in my eyes I said I did this for my children. Then my wife said with a chuckle, now you have to keep your promise and get check, we have a fifty year pact.
The one good thing is now my children can protect thier children and so on. Even though I am estranged from my children due to forces beyond my control. I do love them with all my heart, body and soul. I would fight to the death for them.
With this gene, it does not mean we will get cancer, we are more 50/50 at getting it. With today's marvelous test we can stay ahead of the game. Since I will not be having anymore children I can get a hysterectomy if I choose.
I have passed this gene to my children, not only that with the stroke, M.S. and heart I have given my children more reason to maintain top medical health.
There are four children in our family, we all have children and grandchildren. This is hard to handle at times, especially not being in my children s life it makes it worse.
I can't change the past or even the connection with my children but I can make them aware of any medical situation that may harm them.
As daughter's, sister's, cousin's, mother's, grandmothers, great grandmothers we can protect our family. The female fighters, the ones that at the monarchy of the family structures.
I have started a group on Facebook, hoping that all family members will see it and become aware. I know Facebook has got some bad raps but it is one free media that could go around the world.
I am writing this blog to make the whole world stand up and take control of the health, with out the medical science that we have today, we would never know what our children have inherited. I wish that it would of been available for those who have lost loved ones to heart, stroke, cancer, any thing that could of been prevented.
We are a fool if we do not take care of ourselves. Cures may never be found but we can prolong our life by getting sometimes unpleasant test, but it's worth it in the long run.
For all the people that say it won't happen to me, get a grip, it can happen to anyone at any time. So if your sitting there saying this to your self. Just remember when you are sitting in the doctors office with bad news, remember there has been enough warnings, don't sit there and say why me, why did I deserve this. Be proactive in you health for you know your body better than anyone.
Get tested yearly, it may mean your life and that of your family.
Causes Wende Plante aka Billy-Joe Supports
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