When I had my first child, friends and family cooed , “Ohhh, he has your eyes!” or “Oh my gosh, he has his Mom’s smile!”
I’d smile… but inside I’d cringe. That voice in my head saying, “What if I gave him Celiac Disease? What if he’s going to die of a heart attack like every man in our family?”
See, right before my son was born, I found my Dad dead after a massive heart attack at the age of 52. My Grandpa had a heart attack at age 48 and died. My Uncle had a heart attack at 49 and died…
It doesn’t stop there, my Mom died from Celiac disease at 52 and that same condition just about killed me…
So while everyone is talking about his hair, all I can think is, “What if my son has an early death sentence because of the genetics I just gave him?”
At least that’s what we’ve been led to believe for the last 50 years…
“It runs in the family…”
“It” meaning (insert any death sentence here): heart disease, stroke, cancer, Alzheimer’s… you get the idea. And rightly so, my family tree shows this pattern.
So I began to ask the question: are we each born with a death sentence? Are we each going to die from our pre-determined genetics, no matter what?
We’ve all heard that saying about the weak link in the chain. It’s the weakest link that will fail first, and each of us has a “weak link” in our genes, inherited right from Mom and Dad. But how do these weak links break? Why is it that these weak links inside each of us keeps killing the ones we love… [click to continue…]