The Barres Family Blessings

Breast cancer as it relates to the BRCA2 genetic mutation:

The BRCA2 gene mutation runs in my family on my father’s side. My dad passed it down to me, and I have to see a genetic counselor and many doctors each year for cancer screening. My uncle Ben, who has the mutation, has suffered from three different kinds of cancer. He beat breast cancer when he was 40, thyroid cancer at 60, and now has advanced pancreatic cancer. I would like to know more about this mutation and the mechanism by which it increases my chances of getting cancer.

Asthma:

I have suffered from asthma my whole life. It is often an impediment to certain activities (running in the cold, painting my nails (weird trigger), etc.) and has been passed down to me from my father (thanks again, dad). It would be great to know more about a condition that so much of my family suffers from.

Parkinson’s:

My grandfather had Parkinson’s disease. My uncle Ben, mentioned above, is actually a neuroscientist and is currently involved in drug trials with a drug he developed in his lab at Stanford that is supposed to thwart the progress of all neurodegenerative diseases, like Parkinson’s. It would be nice to be able to have a real conversation with Ben about his drug’s mechanism.

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