How important is it to share family information?

We have birthday parties, anniversary parties, maybe we need to have family tree parties.  A time when we gather the generations of a family together and share the genetic thread that connects everyone in that family.

Wouldn’t it be worthwhile to know from the elders in the family how our family members lived and died over the years?  I mean, if heart disease is a common problem from generations back, wouldn’t you want to know that?  Cancer…colon, breast, prostate…all connected through the genome..it would be nice to know if family members suffered with those cancers. 

It would mean more frequent check-ups.  Symptoms that you might shake-off as nothing, might take on more importance if you knew a relative had the same issues.

Charting the family tree can prove to be an interesting history lesson as well as a life saving one too.

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