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Life Changing News

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The last several years were tough. Those years were harder than any other period of time in my life. The difficulty wasn’t related to challenges of the time like COVID-19, inflation, housing affordability, inequality, etc., but those certainly didn’t help.

The dilemma was internal. It centered around my life, my family’s life, and our future.

Here’s the scenario:

  • I have a 50/50 chance of developing a specific terminal disease. There is nothing I can do to influence the outcome.
  • If I develop the disease, it will happen between ages 55-65, I would likely die in 2-4 years after showing symptoms.
  • I have known several patients with this disease through its various stages, including death.
  • I am well educated about this disease, state of the art treatments/research, and my outlook for anyone with disease is bleak.
  • A blood test can determine whether or not I will develop the disease with >99% certainty.

The scenario played out in my head over and over: What if I develop the disease? Eventually, I couldn’t take the uncertainty. I made the choice to get the blood test.

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January 17, 2023 gave me the test results: I will not develop the disease.

I’ve got a new lease on life.