Genome sequencing, sounds so scientific, yet it’s something so personal to every individual. So what is it? To simplify it, and I am really simplifying, it’s like getting a manual for your body. It’s a way to find out how your body works, what mutations you have and how those mutations are being expressed.
For example, have you ever seen a documentary about people who have “super powers”? Those people who are able to do things that defy normal human capabilities? Those people have a mutation that gives them those “super powers”. On the other hand, mutations can dictate what sports you are good at and which ones don’t suit your body, how fast you can detoxify, and what diseases you are more susceptible to, to name a few.
Here is a clip explaining what genome sequencing is:
So why would you want to do that? This started of by my curiosity about a specific gene mutation, called Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR for short), that I presumed was the culprit behind some minor issues I’ve been trying to get rid of. When I went to see the doctor who does the test and having a discussion with him I realized that even if I get a result of a mutation in that gene, many other genes are at play and could be affecting my health too.
Although I was given full disclosure about what else could come up, I sat with my husband and discussed what I want to know and what I don’t (I really don’t want to know if I am susceptible to cancer because I have a very wild imagination). What I opted to do instead is get information about things that I have to change today to delay the onset of any future diseases.
I am really excited to embark on this journey, genome sequencing a few years ago costs thousands to do, and today it is more affordable to the average person, which I feel is a privilege for us today. If you are not sure if this is for you, stick around as I share my experience with you.
*Note: I feel like I have to share my beliefs for a moment here. I am a believer that what God wills for me will happen, and these are things that I accept that I cannot change. On the other hand, I also believe that knowledge is power and you cannot walk blindly assuming God will lead the way. If science reached a point today where it could give me information to build a health roadmap I will gladly take it, fully accepting that despite all my efforts I could still get a disease, but by then I would be happy knowing that at least I tried my best.
Furthermore, I have been in situations where I convinced myself that I had something and had psychosomatic symptoms, only to find nothing when I tested. Once I got the all clear my symptoms vanished. Don’t underestimate your mind, your thoughts do manifest into reality, and this is another reason why I choose not to know about cancers and terminal illnesses.