I’m scared to death of getting cancer. I know its no longer a death sentence but having watched one parent die from it and one parent go through it, I fear hearing those words…’you have cancer.’ So I’ve decided to really take charge of my health. I’m starting to do the research for genetic testing. I know nothing about genetic testing….what kinds of cancers does it tell you you’re at risk for…breast, liver, all? What other diseases do they look for when testing?
I’ve started seeing a great doctor in Stamford, CT who suggested I start with a full physical and blood work. You might have seen my facebook/twitter post last week that I’m anemic and low in vitamin D. Dr. A said my numbers weren’t alarming but suggested I start on a women’s multi-vitamin with iron and a Vitamin D supplement. I have to say in just two weeks I’m already feeling less lethargic.
The other part Dr. A suggested is a visit to the gastroenterologist. I feel as though I’ve started to develop IBS and I’ve become a little more alarmed to find blood in my stool at times. That has been happening on and off for two years. A few years ago I was assured by a doctor it was just a hemorrhoid or polyp and nothing to worry about but now I’m worried about it all the time:/ The gastro will be interesting…do I have colitis? I have no idea. I’m guessing at this point, but leaving my health to chance is no longer an option.
My mom’s recent breast cancer diagnosis has also made me really wake up to the fact that I can’t mess around with some of my old habits. Drunk smoking is out and I’m really limiting the number of drinks a week I have. I’m also taking a look at my diet. I’m a pretty healthy eater but I’ve become lazy at paying attention to where my food comes from and how it was made. I never really cared too much about GMO’s but now they sound scary. Also I have been in the habit of eating salmon but not really caring if it was farm raised or not…big mistake. Farmed raised fish contain a ton of chemicals. I’m really focusing on lowering my sugar in take and choosing when to buy organic or not. I figured during this year of transition I can’t afford to shop at Whole Foods so whatever is available will do but sadly I can’t afford not to. Gambling with my health is no longer an option.
So my journey starts. I’m taking baby steps now and I will keep you posted. Here are a couple of articles I’ve read about eliminating GMO’s from your diet and other healthy suggestions.
I’m excited and nervous about this genetic test but I will keep you posted on if my insurance will even go for it and how much it will cost.
Have you done genetic testing or a major overhaul of your health? I’d love to hear about it. Thank you for reading my blog. XOXO, Frase
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