So, family trees, genealogy, DNA tests – Whew!
After much deliberation, I have come to the conclusion that I do not want to explore the next step in my DNA discovery – namely, discovering my propensity or likelihood of developing certain diseases etc.
Here’s why. The majority of what I find out will probably be a lot of “low risk” stuff that wouldn’t change how I currently live my life. Example – slight increased risk for high blood pressure or heart health, or diabetes. Live right, eat right, exercise – that’s what I could do to protect myself. The other stuff, like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s for example, the kinds of things I can’t unsee or even change – why would I want to know that and spend what time I have left worrying (which carries its own health risks) about when it will hit me; worrying about how much time I have left before I’m incapacitated. I just don’t think I can do it. Yes, the curiosity is strong – real strong, but right now, I just don’t think it’s a good idea.
So I will continue on with the genealogy aspect of my current and pending DNA tests and be content to leave it at that. There is something to be said for the power of positive thinking. If I’m confronted with doom and gloom I don’t know if I could stay positive.
So here’s to health and to being blissfully unaware of the devil at your door! what would you do?