Compassion Fatigue

About six years ago I read a book entitled: “The Monks and Me.” It is about a women’s experience at the venerable Thich Nhat Hahn’s Plum Village Monastery in France. Ever since then I have wanted to visit this monastery and spend one week there. I immediately put it on my bucket list in hopes of going there one day. Like many of those with hereditary cancer syndromes, I have spent the past six years on an enormous physically, emotionally, and spiritually challenging rollercoaster. Prior to my… more...

Thanksgiving is National Family Health History Day!

  Thanksgiving is National Family Health History Day! With the holiday season fast approaching in the US, many of us are looking forward to celebrating by spending quality time with family. But besides enjoying turkey dinners and holiday sales, did you also know that Thanksgiving is a great time to gather a family health history? In 2004, the U.S. Surgeon General declared Thanksgiving as National Family Health History Day. This information is very useful for your health care providers to know what medical conditions you may be at risk… more...

What is PGD? How Can It Help Those with Lynch syndrome?

What is Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis and How Can It Help Those with Lynch syndrome?  Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) was introduced in 1990 and has provided a way to screen embryos for genetic conditions, chromosomal abnormalities, and mitochondrial disorders. This method enables couples to perform an embryo genetic analysis before transferring the embryo to the uterus during an in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle. Before the introduction of PGD, the only option available to couples with a hereditary genetic condition was to naturally conceive and then perform prenatal testing, such… more...

G’s Book Review of The Gene By Siddhartha Mukherjee

G’s Book Review of The Gene “Human beings are ultimately nothing but carriers — passageways — for genes. They ride us into the ground like racehorses from generation to generation. Genes don’t think about what constitutes good or evil. They don’t care whether we are happy or unhappy. We’re just means to an end for them. The only thing they think about is what is most efficient for them.” – Haruki Murakami  Sid and I have something profound in common: “Scarcely a day passes in my adult life when I do… more...

Living with Lynch syndrome: Guest Blog by Elizabeth Cappaert

My last entry in August 2015 ( focused on my upcoming hysterectomy and emotional reactions. I mentioned that I was diagnosed with colon cancer in May, Lynch syndrome in June, and endometrial cancer in July. Here, I hope to share in greater detail about what I’ve lost, found and claimed since I first heard “cancer”. My first cancer diagnosis came in May 2015. After 2 trips to the ER for unendurable abdominal pain, I was finally referred to a GI doctor who scheduled a colonoscopy.… more...

#Hcchat: Should We Test Minors for Hereditary Cancer Syndromes?

#Hcchat: What About The Kids? Should We Test Minors For Hereditary Cancer Syndromes? I’m honored to announce that Pathway Genomics is sponsoring #Hcchat on Monday. Much gratitude to them for also supporting’s advocacy efforts. #Hcchat will be focusing on a controversial topic: Should We Test Minor Children for Hereditary Cancer Syndromes? I can assure you this #Hcchat will be very informative and thought provoking. If you’re interested in #Hcchat, you may also, want to know it’s important offshoot: #Hcchat (Hereditary cancer chat) News. It’s a monthly newsletter… more...

#Lschat — The Emotional Implications of Hereditary Cancers

Thus far, we have managed to reach over 7.4 million people with our recent #Lschat. Please find the Storify from our #Lschat below: Much gratitude to Amy L. for putting this together for us. Yours, Georgia

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