Piecing together family history…not always easy

Even though my paternal grandfather died young of colon cancer after being in and out of hospitals his entire life (he was 46 years old when he passed),

it was my father’s mother’s mother who died of leukemia at age 55…

I wonder if what’s bothering my son David and I came from my father’s mother, who died from being hit by car, and I don’t know much about her otherwise.

Given the number of GI problems both David and I have, it’s very likely we inherited some kind of problem from my paternal grandfather, but now I’m starting to wonder if our blood problems, like our failure to create an elevated wcb during an infection, came from my father’s grandmother…

English speaking southern Ontario was a very insulated community, for many generations…especially the farming community, where my family is from. Not many neighbors for miles, which inherently lends itself to a little bit of closer mating than what would happen in cities…

I’m 100% northern European heritage, Scottish, English and German, (names MacKay, Berry, Morrison and Shook),

but my paternal family landed in Canada in 1671 (MacKay) and my maternal side was in Vermont during the Revolutionary War before immigrating to Canada in 1851…

I had one classmate each year growing up who had cystic fibrosis in my class. I didn’t even realize that was unusual until I moved to the United States.

We’re still waiting to hear back from Correlegan lab in Boston regarding the NEMO tests. NEMO would make a lot of sense in our case…I’m looking forward to hearing the results.

Whatever it happens to be…

About hopeforanswers

Some kind of rare immune deficiency, yet to be determined. A lifetime of infections without an elevated white cell blood or fever. Very grateful to be alive, very thankful for the friends who’ve supported me and for access to literally millions of dollars worth of medical care. I’m not the bubble child, I’m somewhere in between.
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