I needed a genetic test to confirm what was suspected, that I had Myotonic Dystrophy. She and I discussed the benefits and risks of genetic testing and about the GINA legislation that had been put in place to protect people like me from discrimination based on genetic test results.
My family’s genetic condition is known as HPNCC or Lynch syndrome. HNPCC or hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer is an autosomal dominant genetic condition that has a high risk of colon cancer as well as other cancers.
In September 2011 when Daniel Shockley, a retired Sailor living on Oahu, went for his annual physical exam at Spark M. Matsunaga Veterans Affairs Medical Center, he thought besides a little weight loss, he had a clean bill of health.