What runs in your family?

@AmbiePam (85119)
United States
February 28, 2024 11:30am CST
What health problem seems run in your family? I know for some of you it would be diabetes, or heart ailments. On my mom’s side of the family, early dementia plagues us. A lot of you remember me talking about my mom being 46 years old when she was diagnosed with dementia of the frontal lobe. It was horrific, and I try not to think about following in those footsteps. Who knows what the future holds for anyone? What runs in your family? *Picture of my mother two years before she was diagnosed, taken for the yearbook of the college she taught at.
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@Metsrock69 (3492)
• United States
28 Feb
I have never knew anything to run in my family .
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@flapiz (22402)
• United Kingdom
28 Feb
I have been finding out lately some genetic ailments. I have already started having them. Some on my list are gall bladder polyps, hypertension, and arthritis
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@AmbiePam (85119)
• United States
28 Feb
You definitely want that hypertension taken care of.
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@AmbiePam (85119)
• United States
28 Feb
@flapiz I have never heard of that, but I will look it up.
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@flapiz (22402)
• United Kingdom
28 Feb
@AmbiePam Definitely. Hypertension is a root of other diseases. I am on low dose amlodipine. And I am trying my best to be healthier.
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@snowy22315 (169279)
• United States
28 Feb
Alzheimers runs on my dad's side. Both sides have a moderate cancer history. My dad has had cancer a couple of different times..but he went for a second opinion a few years ago..and the doctor at that time said less than 20 percent chance of a recurrence, and so far it has held true fortunately. Nice pic of your mom. I wonder if she was starting to have issues when that pic was taken? Have you ever read or seen Still Alice? Of course, you might not want to since you have lived it.
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@AmbiePam (85119)
• United States
28 Feb
No, this picture was taken a year before any symptoms appeared (not even on an MRI she had for another reason). Because once they appeared, it was downhill FAST. It was not gradual at all, which was part of what was shocking. I remember when Still Alice came out, but no, I don’t want to watch it. My sister suggested a movie with the main female getting dementia, her husband caring for her, and reminding her of their life together. I was like, thanks sis, but I kind of had a front row seat for that movie. Although, I am thankful for movies like Still Alice, that shine a much needed light on this issue.
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@snowy22315 (169279)
• United States
28 Feb
@AmbiePam I read the book before I saw the movie.I don't blame you for not wanting to obsess about it though.
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@kaylachan (57093)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
28 Feb
I don't know what runs in my family. I know that my husband's father had heart issues and his mother was a chronic smoker. George recently had a stroke, due in part to underlying heart problems.
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@AmbiePam (85119)
• United States
28 Feb
Does he have heart surgery in his future after he is completely recovered from the stroke?
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@kaylachan (57093)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
28 Feb
@AmbiePam As of right now, no. Vascular wants to repair the arties in his neck that are abstructing bloodflow to his arm. However, they want to make sure that his heart and lungs are recovered. During testing, they found a small something on his lung. We had a lung biopsy done while he was in the hospital, which came back inconclusive.
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@AmbiePam (85119)
• United States
28 Feb
@kaylachan George just got a ton dumped on him, didn’t he. Therefore, so did you.
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@kobesbuddy (74188)
• East Tawas, Michigan
28 Feb
Your mother was very beautiful! Depression runs on both sides of my family. Child abuse, both sides of my family. High blood pressure, both sides.
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@AmbiePam (85119)
• United States
28 Feb
Thank you, Kharla. Oh, boy, I hear you on the depression. It is a terrible thing to have run in a family.
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@AmbiePam (85119)
• United States
29 Feb
@kobesbuddy I’m so glad that is working for you.
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@kobesbuddy (74188)
• East Tawas, Michigan
28 Feb
@AmbiePam My parents both suffered from depression, yet neither one of them were treated for it. Back then, the doctors did very little to treat anxiety or stress. They told them to keep busy!
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• Rupert, Idaho
28 Feb
I am sorry to hear about that, I don't remember but I am not sure when we started reading each others posts either. Mine - diabetes yes. My grandpa had dementia, but he was 82. Not sure about other issues - my grandma had COPD, but she also smoked for 40 years.
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@AmbiePam (85119)
• United States
28 Feb
Good for you for not smoking. It seems so hard to stop.
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• Rupert, Idaho
28 Feb
@AmbiePam Oh I tried it for a little while... But didn't get addicted to it or anything.
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@much2say (53784)
• Los Angeles, California
29 Feb
Beauty runs in your family too . . . your mother was gorgeous! Is it weird to say I don't know what runs in our family? There are many who have lived well into their 90s - many relatively healthy but some with health issues - and not consistent throughout the family.
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@AmbiePam (85119)
• United States
29 Feb
Thank you so much for saying that. Wow, you might end up being the last one standing here on Mylot!
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@much2say (53784)
• Los Angeles, California
1 Mar
@AmbiePam Oh gosh, I don't want to be the last one standing here . . . I want all my myLot peeps to be here forever and ever with me !
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@LadyDuck (456845)
• Switzerland
29 Feb
Your mom was beautiful, I am not surprised that you are so pretty. On my father side it's heart problems, my mother side stomach cancer. I am a lot like my father.
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@AmbiePam (85119)
• United States
29 Feb
Thank you, Anna. The heart problems sure sound ominous.
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@LadyDuck (456845)
• Switzerland
1 Mar
@AmbiePam - I have been lucky so far.
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@wolfgirl569 (94444)
• Marion, Ohio
28 Feb
Lovely woman. High blood pressure in ours
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@AmbiePam (85119)
• United States
29 Feb
Thank you. High blood pressure is scary.
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@wolfgirl569 (94444)
• Marion, Ohio
29 Feb
@AmbiePam It is controllable
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• United States
29 Feb
Wow Amber you look just like your mom. I thought the picture was you with dark hair. Dementia is a cruel disease for sure. I hope that you never experience it yourself. My dads side of the family had some heart related issues.
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@AmbiePam (85119)
• United States
29 Feb
Thank you, Marilyn. Let’s keep those heart related issues away from you.
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• United States
29 Feb
@AmbiePam I'm doing my best
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@just4him (305032)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
29 Feb
Your mother was a beautiful woman. Diabetes is in both sides of the family. I'm doing my best not to have it. I'm prediabetic at the moment. I only need to lose weight and I'm doing that.
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@AmbiePam (85119)
• United States
29 Feb
Thank you, Valerie. You are doing very well in beating any kind of diabetes. My brother-in-law lost 80 pounds, prompted by being told he was pre diabetic.
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@AmbiePam (85119)
• United States
29 Feb
@just4him That’s fantastic.
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@just4him (305032)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
29 Feb
@AmbiePam I'm down 21 so far.
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@nela13 (55682)
• Portugal
29 Feb
I am sorry about your mom, I can't imagine how devastating that was. On my mom's side diabetes runs but on my father's side there aren't main issues.
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@AmbiePam (85119)
• United States
29 Feb
I appreciate it. That’s really rare that one parent wouldn’t have something that runs in the family, but that’s good.
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@LindaOHio (154957)
• United States
29 Feb
That's a wonderful picture. Dementia runs in my husband's family among the women. I'm sorry about your mom.
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@AmbiePam (85119)
• United States
29 Feb
Thank you, Linda.
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@LindaOHio (154957)
• United States
29 Feb
@AmbiePam You're very welcome.
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@Happy2BeMe (99411)
• Canada
28 Feb
That is so sad. She was so young to be diagnosed. In our family it is heart disease on my Dads side of the famiily. I lost my dad to heart issues also my sister. Of my four remaining sisters, three of us have heart disease.
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@AmbiePam (85119)
• United States
29 Feb
Oh heavens, that’s awful!
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@LeaPea2417 (36357)
• Toccoa, Georgia
29 Feb
Heart disease runs on my Dad's side and Diabetes runs on my Mom's side.
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@JudyEv (324919)
• Rockingham, Australia
29 Feb
That's a really lovely photo of your mother. So sad that dementia took over her life. My side of the family are/were all long-lived but Vince has heart conditions, diabetes, and cancer on his side.
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@AmbiePam (85119)
• United States
29 Feb
I hope he can avoid those as much as possible. And, thank you for your kind words about my mother.
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@Deepizzaguy (94081)
• Lake Charles, Louisiana
29 Feb
In my family dealing with hypertension is my top health concern.
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@thelme55 (76433)
• Germany
28 Feb
Asthma illness runs in my family, fatherly and motherly sides.
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@dgobucks226 (34286)
13 Mar
Dementia can be such a hardship on the person and family. My grandfather suffered from dementia. My dad also but not until he was in his late 90's when it was really apparent. My family has a history of HBP. I am guilty of eating too many salty snacks.
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@dya80dya (33312)
28 Feb
In my family, we had different diseases. My grandmother had cancer, her mom had heart disease. Each one has a different disease. My mom had depression, but now she feels better.
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@AmbiePam (85119)
• United States
29 Feb
I’m glad she’s better. Depressions runs in my family too.