...that are currently untreatable.
This is a question that has been bugging me for some years now, and I'd love to hear if the all knowing FSU community would have something to say about it.
My mom has myotonic dystrophy (Steinert's disease) and therefore I have 50% chances of having it. The main symptom is the general weakness of the muscles (specially the limbs), it also affects the heart, eyes, digestion, sleep patterns and there are also some psychological issues among other things.
She has the classical form of the disease and the symptoms have crept on her slowly but surely for the past 30 some years and now she's at a point where she falls constantly (and can't get up by herself), needs a CPAP and can hardly stay awake, amongst other things, and really needs someone to stay around her most of the time. She's not dependent, she can walk with difficulty, but she has a hard time simply getting things done around the house. She's 59 years old.
Seeing how this has taken over her, body and mind, I wonder what's in store for me. Right now there is neither a cure nor a treatment, all you do is try to take care of the symptoms as they come by.
I could get tested. If I have it, I know how I will end up, and there will be close to nothing I'll be able to do about it. And I don't know if I'm able to deal with that at the moment.
What to do: get tested now, deal with it later, or prepare for a possible positive result and then get tested?
Sorry for the long post...