November 12, 2003





Are you genetically predisposed to any diseases?

I don't know to be honest. I have arthritis, and breast cancer in various grandparents, but not in my parents. I don't know if they've made their way to me, but I hope not!

Cardiff UK

There are some cancers that developed in my octogenarian relatives. I'm not sure whether there is a genetic predispositionf or them.

Jane, 63
West Linn, OR USA

Cancer - which has already reared its ugly head. Type II Diabetes - same, though I am fighting it. My mom has high blood pressure and heart problems, but so far so good for me.

Cindy, 41

Poor circulation, diabetes, heart disease.

Felicia, 37
Lowell, MA USA

Not really.

Laura, 38
Lowell, MA USA

No, not that I know of.

Cathie, 53
Novi, MI USA

Heart problems.

Fisch, 47
Preston, CT USA

Not that I know of.

Alias Irrelevante

From my father's side of the family I have a genetic legacy of rigid and unyielding bones. Normal bones have a little flexibility. My bones don't--they break. From my mother's family I have a tendency towards osteoporosis--and a dislike for weight-bearing exercise. Both my parents died of multiple cancers and I have already had two bouts with unrelated cancers.

Jill, 61
Saylorsburg, PA USA

I am predisposed to High Blood Pressure. Otherwise I am healthy.

Lettie, 33
Las Vegas, NV USA

A few on my fathers side have died from heart conditions but I don't know if that's automatically the same as heart disease.

Alias Irrelevante

Possibly. My grandpa had a heart attack and my great-aunt had breast cancer.

Karen, 24
Ames, IA USA

Do I have to list them? If I do it sounds like I should be dead. Diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney stones, cancer,etc. Sounds great.

KarenNJ, 45
Milltown, NJ USA

Maybe diabetis.

Keri-Jade, 23
Brampton, Ontario CANADA

My family has a history of kidney stones, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Janet, 46
E. Brunswick, NJ USA

i am predisposed to high blood pressure and cholesterol and alcoholism. that would be about it. but i dont pay attention to those because they arent diseases to me. you have a choice in the matter. well at least i do.

i guess both of my grandfathers were alcoholics. neither of my parents drank at all. i guess thats why. my mom just never liked alcohol. my dad never liked it but also never wanted to drink
because of his father. my dad and his parents have/had high blood pressure and
cholesterol. i dont. i eat healthy. i dont really do fried foods and i dont like foods that are
smothered in fat. it tastes horrible and makes me feel clogged and smothered. sometimes a little sluggish. so fruits and vegetables are my favorite. meat is good but sometimes too much meat day after day makes me go without for a week or two. i think health is just eating a well rounded meal and not being excessive. regular exercise too, although i dont follow through on that as much as i should. my blood pressure used to be really low but now it is normal. i am anemic though. i cant seem to kick that even with prenatal and iron pills. i guess it takes a lot of time. i used to drink. it wasnt like alot. i never drank to get drunk or anything. i just liked wine and hard liquor. wine was my all time favorite. i have been drinking off and on since i was like 7. but at that age is was more like tastes and sips. i didnt start real drinking till i was about 16. after about 2 or 3 years of drinking occasionally i began to crave it. i needed a drink
sometimes. my mom used to bring me wine because i liked it so much. i was into wine tasting and found the different kinds that i liked. i drank the hard stuff when i was with friends. i will always love jack daniels. thats the best. i like a nice brandy too. i was really about testing out new drinks. it was mainly straight stuff. i didnt really do mixed drinks the much but the favorite one was smirnoff ice. thats because it tasted like lemonade and sprite. lemonade is my favorite
drink above all else including alcohol. i got drunk a total of 3 times. and it was only because i just drank too much and wasnt really watching myself. but im not a serious drunk either so i was pretty cool. not like those idiots who are just all over the place. i just had to work harder at paying attention and keeping my balance. but no one could really tell but me. i did damn
good. my mom didnt even know. im 22 and i stopped drinking a week before i turned 21. that was the last time i got drunk. it was at a bachelorette party. i just sat around drinking and talking with people. then they had this game, pin the dick on the poster guy. if you didnt get it close enough you had to take double shots of tequila.

me being a dork couldnt get it right and i was determined to do it. so i ended up having like 6 double shots of tequila. bad decision. plus all of the other alcohol i had had throughout the party. the next day was nothing but throwing up. it left me like i am today, nauseous at the thought, smell, and/or taste of any type of alcohol. the only good thing is that i no longer crave it. plus my mother was praying on me anyway. i think i was on my way to becoming an
alcoholic. i was seriously craving it the more i drank. im glad that its over but i really do miss wine. maybe in about 10 years i will be able to try wine again. definitely not before.

i know for sure that my little brother has a problem. plus he is away at college. he formed the habit here but my parents were to blinded to do anything about. their baby couldnt possibly be drinking. now he is out there away doing what he wants which is staying drunk 24
hours a day. not good especially for a football player. it will get fixed though. somehow something will be done. my older brother encourages it and is disappointed that i stopped because he likes for us to do bad or stupid things so the limelight of family shame is
dimmed on him. he has a kid so he is going to have the most limelight for a long time. and everyone hates the mother too. oh i dont we can do much wrong. plus he stopped going to church. oh ho another shot. but he is working on it. of course he drinks too.

Ingrid, 22
Stockton, CA US

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