Using the Past to Improve the Future

Through my research in genealogy, I’ve been able to help a lot of people learn more about their family history. Knowing your family background can help you figure out more about yourself. For example, if you come from a long line of people who have always worked in labor-intensive careers, it may explain why you’re so unhappy in an office position. On the other hand, if your family has consistently worked in non-profit jobs, you may be compelled to help others. These behavioral traits are passed down.  

One thing I never realized I’d discover through my research—something more helpful than ever before—is the genetics of our ancestors. Knowing how long our ancestors lived, what they died from, and what they looked like, can all be helpful in both taking care of ourselves and taking care of our future children. 

I realized that my maternal great grandmother suffered from thyroid disease for many years before her death and my paternal great uncle had lupus. I also realized that fibromyalgia is common in my family, which is scary to think about because I know that fibromyalgia is an invisible disease and causes chronic and incurable pain!

I tried not to let this research scare me, but instead looked at my findings as a positive thing. Being knowledgeable about my family’s genetic background can give me a heads up for what could come in the future. Most people don’t have this information in their back pocket. I decided to look into preventative measures for the issues prevalent in my family history. With the help of a compounding pharmacy, I’m now able to take personalized medications for my needs. 

A Look into Your Past Can Save You

My situation isn’t as dire as most, but in some cases, genealogy can help save lives. For instance, someone may think they’re completely healthy and then do a search into their family history only to find out that breast cancer is very common in their family. Knowing their family’s genetic history may spark them to go get a mammogram. In that mammogram, they may catch a tumor in its early stages of cancer that they wouldn’t have caught until much later otherwise. 

If there’s anything I’ve found valuable in my new hobby of genealogy, this medical aspect is it. I can’t imagine anything more rewarding than helping others take care of themselves, prevent possible ailments whenever necessary, and look out for the wellbeing of the family they may create in the future.