Hashimoto’s disease can be hereditary, if you’ve been following my posts, you may know that my paternal aunt has it (she’s famous around these parts). It’s pretty safe to assume that I was predisposed thanks to my dad’s side of the family. I hold no grudges though.. for the record.
But right after I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, once I processed that I actually had it, my thoughts immediately went to my younger sister. She could have it too. That idea, was almost worse than my reality of having it.
Is that a little dramatic? Yes. Would it be that bad? Probably not. I count myself as being lucky that I have little to no symptoms. My antibodies may be high, but I’ve got a pretty mild case as far as I’m concerned. But the thought of my little sister having it just doesn’t sit well with me.
We have an almost 13 year age difference. She’s my buddy, my pal. I don’t want her to have any kind of illness.
Then I thought about my cousins… 3 of them are girls. They could all have it too.
I told my parents that we should probably consider getting my sister tested whenever she gets blood work done (it’s not often), but if something comes up, it’s better to catch it early.
I asked my oldest cousin (I’m the overall oldest, she’s 6 years younger than me) if she had ever gotten tested, and she said no because she thought she was too young… it was a little insulting to be honest. I replied with a “hey, I’m not that much older than you. Make sure you start getting tested!”
I’d really like to be the only who has it. I don’t want any of them to have to deal with this. It should be like the last plague from Exodus, only the first born gets it (yes, I know it was the first born male and he was killed, we’re riffing here).
But the only thing I can really do right now is hope. Time will tell.