Have you ever heard that “Things happen in sets of 3’s”?
I have a cousin who is currently undergoing chemotherapy and radiation for esophageal cancer diagnosis within the past couple months.
I have another cousin (sister to the above) who was just diagnosed (this past week) with small cell lung cancer which has metastasized to her spine and liver. She has started chemotherapy for comfort
And then you add me.
Three people from the same family – maternal side. That is hard to deal with …including two people from the same family.
Some years ago, I sat down with my mom, dad and sister and wrote down all paternal and maternal relatives (back to grandparents) and took note of known significant diagnosis, allergies, surgeries. One point was to look for diagnosis/disease trends and the other point was to have something that can be handed to a physician who wants to know family history (a lot easier if already written down versus remembering).
Dad’s side of the family: Arteriosclerotic related – heart problems/strokes
Mom’s side of the family: Cancer – with the next generation aging – it looks like cancer is still predominate – although hitting at a younger age. On a positive note –this year we had an aunt turn 100 years old who continues to function independently in her own home. So, we have some tough genetics in there somewhere…
Be proactive: Take time to look at your family medical history and what you can do now to prevent or minimize that disease process later in your life. For instance, knowing that my father’s side of the family has arteriosclerotic disease problems…. I have made sure to have my cholesterol and lipids checked every year; I try to exercise routinely and get my heart rate up; I monitor my blood pressure; I talk to my doctor about the medical history and monitoring/interventions; I have had a cardiac stress test; etc. Now certainly, these measures do not ensure that I will never have arteriosclerotic problems – at least I am not ignoring the potential problem.
Cancer does not discriminate, and you cannot be proactive with all cancers…. though some you certainly can….
Have a GREAT day!!! Be the best that you can be!!!