I had a bunch of posts already written but have been on a week’s hiatus because the world kind of went crazy. Two weeks ago my daughter and son in law contracted Covid-19 (they live in Chicago). My previously healthy son in law was severely sick for 6 days and then in the hospital for 7 days from Covid pneumonia. My daughter fared better with secondary sinus/respiratory infections but it hit her like a ton of bricks, causing constant severe exhaustion and other issues. They have said Covid-19 is a monster.
Then my husband ended up in the hospital with a couple of issues but he is back at home now. In the meantime it was my youngest daughter’s birthday which I tried to make as special as possible (since we can’t go anywhere like Medieval Times which she loves). And I was struggling all week with bad asthma issues and finally got treatment today and am simply exhausted from that and all of the stress. So I’m going to run my remaining four written posts once a week and then get back into posting twice a week, unless I find something really super interesting I want to share in the meantime.
So back to the Winarski/Lichnerewicz lines, and speaking of health, it’s more of a health related post than anything else.
In my research, I often find out what an ancestor died from, usually through death certificates, burial records, or word of mouth through family. Frank and Julia each died from stomach cancer, which made me think of how unusual it is to see spouses dying from the same cancer. Frank died from stomach cancer, whereas Julia’s death certificate states that she died from stomach and bowel cancer, but the stomach cancer was primary so it began there. That made me think of h. pylori, is it possible that they each had h. pylori, which then lead them each to getting stomach cancer? I don’t know much about it except it is basically an infection. But then I googled and read more about it. It is an infection that causes chronic inflammation and significantly increases the risk of developing duodenal and gastric ulcer disease and gastric cancer. And yes, it can be passed to other people through kissing! So it is very possible that one had gotten h. pylori and passed it to the other and then they each subsequently got cancer from it, but we’ll never really know.
That lead further to me thinking in general about diseases and illnesses, and why it is a good idea for people to research the health history/genealogy of their family to look for any patterns that may be there.
What else is in my health family tree? Well without divulging too much information on everything, there is definitely heart disease, nephritis, alot of stomach issues on one side, ulcers, things like that, but there’s also longevity as well. It makes me think about how we inherit things, or how we may have tendencies to inherit things. For example, I have asthma, and my daughters each have asthma. Asthma is not genetically inherited, but a person can inherit the tendency to develop asthma. My husband has it and his family is loaded with it, so there we go. There is the tendency, and most likely then with the right triggers, whatever those would be, boom, asthma. The one thing I am very grateful for is that they did not inherit juvenile diabetes. Their father has it, his father had it, and his grandfather had type 2 diabetes. So you can see how some things are passed down in generations.
Another thing which I wasn’t aware of that can be passed down is high blood pressure or high cholesterol. Studies have found that high blood pressure often runs in families, and mutations in genes can cause inherited high cholesterol.
And don’t forget about mental health when you research. Five of the most common disorders related to mental health are genetically linked: autism, ADHD, depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.
Not a lot of people really think of investigating their family tree for medical reasons, but it’s a really good idea.
Stay safe, social distance and wear masks please!
Thanks for reading!