Underrated & Undetected:How well do you know your genes?

You can always have great genes at first glance without having great genes. I don’t know many people who have the random thought, ” I wonder if I have a genetic disorder” until there is a reason to think so. Usually it’s due to a family member, friend, or even a Facebook video that triggers you to think about it right? Genetic disorders are really real. Many times they go undetected because of symptoms that overlap with common things such as headaches, skin rashes like eczema, and even random spots on your skin that look bug bites and birthmarks.

You would think that we all are tested at birth or at least along the way for such things but the fact of the matter is, if you don’t ask to be tested, you don’t get tested. It’s not as if genetic disorders aren’t a big deal. It’s more like, when it happens we will deal with it kind of thing.

Honestly, I never knew of such things until my younger sister awoke one early morning mid seizure. I was only a senior in high school and had no idea how serious these things were. After visiting several doctors, we then got a real diagnosis, she had Neurofibromatosis type 1. After researching NF1, I realized there was something that no one knew about our genes or never knew in our family, That thought alone made me nervous for my children and other family members who may have been or may become affected by the unknown.

Before having such things slap me in the face I never thought anything about my genetics and/or how they could change my family’s life in the matter of seconds. I mean honestly I always said ” I have great genes” just look at my mom, dad and grandparents. I never thought about the other side- the stuff buried within them. I only thought of the well talked about diseases like cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, lupus, and things like that in which most people have heard of at least once especially if you’ve ever gone to a doctor and filled out a family history form.

Commonly undetected genetic disorders:

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