Unzipped genes

I’m so weird. I’m the kind of person who would tell an absolute stranger her entire life story.

And no, for you TikTok therapists, it’s not a trauma response. It’s just how I am.

But just as much as I want to tell you all about me, I also want to hear all about you.

After my Alpha Thalassemia diagnosis and updates in my family history, one of my doctors recommended genetic testing.

Yesterday afternoon my genetic testing results came back.

Turns out that I have the MUTYH gene mutation. This is the mutation for an increase in colon cancer and probably some other super science-y things.

So why am I telling you this?

I say all of this to say: knowledge is power. There is strength in knowing your body, and loving it regardless of what speedbumps you learn along the way. And when you know what you are more prone to, or what issues you have – you can treat them, or plan for them better.

Sometimes speedbumps happen so we can slow down and enjoy the road we are on.

During my hour call, I learned that cancer can be hereditary. It can also stem from:

  • Being overweight
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Hormonal birth controls
    • The doctor said to discuss best options for me with my gynecologist, as non hormonal birth controls do exist.

Some of these things are out of our control. But some, aren’t.

Another thing I learned about more in depth during this call were endocrine disrupters. These are your cosmetic products, often packed with toxic ingredients like parabens and phthalates. Who knew the shampoo you used could have a negative impact on your health?!

I know it’s scary, but figuring out who you are, from the inside out…it’s empowering. It will leave you with the tools to make better choices.

And sure, you can’t control everything. You could do everything right and something bad might still happen. But why give up? Do your best to live the way you should and don’t be victim. Take care of yourself, plan accordingly, and take it one day at a time.

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