Tuesday, May 29, 2012

All in the Family

It's always interesting how opportunities present themselves.   A couple of months ago, Mike attend the funeral of one of his uncles (his mother's half-brother).  While there he had a chance to talk to another uncle (his mother's full-brother) and tell him about the subtotal colectomy he had in December and to give him some information about Lynch Syndrome.  His uncle had no idea Mike had surgery in December or that he had been diagnosed with Lynch.  Mike's aunt and uncle had never heard of Lynch. 

Due to this conversation, Mike's uncle decided to be tested for Lynch and, ufortunately, he tested positive.  Fortunately, now he knows and can take all the precautions and do all the surveilence he needs to best protect himself.  He also has two daughters who will need to decide if they will also be tested.  Had Mike's other uncle not passed away, the conversation never would have happened.

We have now found out that one of Mike's cousins also has tested positive.  I am sad that they are finding themselves in this situation, but relieved that they know and that the entire family is being proactive in making sure they do everything they can to stay on top of this thing.  Her sister is going to be tested next week so there is still more waiting for them.  I pray her results are negative.

We are still hoping and praying that Mike's siblings will be tested and not wait until it's too late.  A diagnosis of Lynch Syndrome beats a diagnosis of cancer.

1 comment:

  1. Just think of how many lives now and in the future, you have touched and saved...all it takes is one.

    Together, we make such a difference in the lives of others. And....we live!

    Hope to see you at the Mayo in June!

    Linda (LSI)