With Lynch Syndrome, knowledge alone isn’t power
“I imagine I would have, as I’m sure so many others do, headed to the Internet, reading both accurate and inaccurate information. While much of my visit with my genetic counselor feels like a blur, I left that meeting with a list of answered questions, referrals to specialists, contact information for virtual support groups, and a friend by my side holding my hand. I am grateful that I know about my mutation and live by the phrase “knowledge is power.”
But when I imagine the thousands of people receiving the news that they have Lynch through a report, I prefer to believe that knowledge is power only when it is accompanied by context and support. March is colon cancer awareness month, and March 22nd is Lynch Syndrome Awareness Day. There is no better time to make a plan to talk about the history of cancer in your family with your loved ones, including the tough topic of colon and rectal cancers; consult a genetic counselor. And arm yourself not only with knowledge but context and support.”
Kerry E. Evers is a psychologist.
She shares her story and discusses her KevinMD article, “With Lynch Syndrome, knowledge alone isn’t power.”