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Handle With Care: What To Do When A Genetic Bomb Makes Itself Known

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A lot of us have little idea about the condition of our bodies. Unless we get regular health checks for our jobs or other reasons, we don’t have any real way to know what’s going on in there. And, for the most part, we don’t miss anything sinister. But, some of us are born with ticking bombs, and we often don’t know about them until they go off.

In case you hadn’t guessed, we’re talking about genetic disorders. There are many different genetic conditions. Some are obvious from an early stage, such as cystic fibrosis, as outlined on sites like But, others don’t make themselves known until well into our later lives. Take, for example, the breast cancer gene, as seen in celebrities such as Angelina Jolie. Then, there are heart conditions like brugada syndrome. The list could go on.

But, whatever the disease, the steps you need to take are often similar. Trying to get your head around something like this can be difficult. But, it’s important to remember that your life has not changed because of this. In fact, you’re in a better position for knowing about it. DNA kits like 23andMe can inform you about potential risks for certain health conditions. The medical field today has many advancements so a growing number of people can getthe treatment necessary to live a long life. And, the following pointers should go some way towards helping you.

You're all the better for knowing about a genetic condition
DNA, genetic disorders, and the steps to take. Photo by Nogas1974 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons.

Know what you need to stay healthy

What you need to do will vary depending on your condition. Often, an operation is necessary to get things under control. If you have the breast cancer gene, for example, a mastectomy may be advised. With heart conditions, a heart bypass may be the best option.

Even after taking this step, you’ll need to return for regular testing. Make sure you know the steps necessary. Following them could save your life down the line.

Plan for the future without being bleak

It’s crucial you stay positive. This is by no means a death sentence, especially if you get the checks necessary. But, it is worth thinking about the future with your condition in mind. It might be worth looking into life insurance at this stage, and making a will. These are necessary steps for anyone, but now is a good time to get to them. Bear in mind that you may be paying extra for life insurance because of your condition. Head to sites like to find the best deal. Then, don’t hesitate to sign up. This extra security will be a weight off your mind.

Live your life

Once you’ve followed the above steps, it’s time to live your life. As mentioned above, nothing has changed apart from your chances. Now you know about your situation, you can prevent it from exploding. In the meantime, live your life. You shouldn’t let your condition hold you back. Some people are hesitant to have children, in case of passing on the gene. But, there’s no reason this should stop you having a family if that’s what you want. It is a consideration, but it shouldn’t be a deciding factor.

12 thoughts on “Handle With Care: What To Do When A Genetic Bomb Makes Itself Known”

  1. Mile High Dreamers

    How crazy is it to realize these genetic bombs can be living or developing inside us for years and years before they make an appearance?! But, I think the biggest thing when it comes to health is having kick ass nutrition, and a positive mind set. Both easier said than done, but 100% effective!

    Susie |

  2. Definitely a double edge sword. But I don’t think genetics are always that accurate. All the women in my family, and many of the men, have some form of cancer (women – breast). But we were all tested and don’t have the breast cancer gene which baffles me. I am just waiting to get it anyway.

  3. It’s such a double-edged sword, knowing vs not knowing. Even finding out you have a ‘predisposition’ can feel like a blow, or even a death sentence. These are good tips. It’s a lot to deal with.

  4. Well, I have a G bomb! As a veggie and health nut, I couldn’t believe it. However, it is hereditary. Fortunately, due to modern medical tests and mini surgeries, it is all in control. Next peek see is in 1 year, and you can bet your bottom dollar I’ll be there!

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