I’ve got 3 generations of family with history of Alzheimers. Has anyone had genetic testing, or MRIs, for baseline? If so, are you glad you did?
I can’t make up my mind if I want to leave it hanging over my head like a boogieman, or have genetic testing to see if it is in my ‘makeup’ as a possibility. If it’s positive, will insurance companies use it against me? Do I have to be positive to pass this horrid inheritance on to my kids?
This disease sucks
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I had an MRI because I was concerned that I maybe getting it. The MRI showed that I do not have it, but it could be something that could come later. My mom was 85 when she started showing signs of it. It has progressed. Her mom, my grandmother, lived with it for years. She was 97 when she passed.Mom's sister was diagnosed with it when she was 80 and she passed when she was 83. She had quit taking her medicine and told everyone that mom had told her too. This really upset my mom. I am still not certain whether or not I can still get it or not. I go back to the doctor in March. I am hoping that my problem is caused from chemo that I had last year and in 2004. If that is the cause I don't know if it will go away or not. I am not sorry that I had it done.
Both of my parents had dementia. My father had Alzheimer's and my mother had Lewy Body dementia as did her brother. I am not sure I want to know if I will have either one.
I too have multiple generations effected. I can't decide if I want to know either. I have been researching studies to see if there are any close to where I live to get involved also. Is there really a right or wrong answer?