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    Scared and Depressed with news that I have rare deadly family cancer gene.

    How can you deal with life knowing you have 40 to 70% lifetime risk of
    developing deadly pancreatic cancer? Genes were identified for
    hereditary pancreatitis which increases risk tremendously from
    developing the deadly disease. My mother passed away at 49 and
    grandfather around the same age.

    I've been a hypochondriac my whole life, dealing with heath anxiety
    issues. Visiting the various doctor over 30 times in 4 years. I
    thought I had brain/neck/lung/testicular/liver/oral/skin cancer. All
    came back negative. Now the new findings literally left me on the
    floor crying for hours.

    I am only 30 years old with a 4 month old boy who I adore. I can stand
    the thought of leaving him behind and not being able to see him grow
    up. I already suffer from extreme health anxiety which with new
    findings that are now leaving me in a deep depression. I find even
    hard to look at him without crying.

    My life is slow and boring. The thought of laying in my death bed
    regretting all the things I could have been or should have done to be
    happy. I never live in the moment. My life consist of sitting around
    working on websites all day.

    Please someone help me with tips, words of wisdom or anything! To top
    it off, I have the worst insurance for mental health, which is Kaiser.
    Only group therapy is offered and you're able to see counselor once
    every 6 weeks

    Every article I read -- and I read many of them, all point to the
    increased risk. It's on my mind all day and night. I cannot eat due to
    my nerves. Even when I'm having a good time, it's still in back of my

    You would think knowing this info would help diagnosing something
    early, but it's unlikely. My dream come true would to live to be 90
    like my other grandparents.

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    I think your best bet is to be happy about, and enjoy the fact that right now you are healthy and cancer free. Dwelling on this will only build up anxiety. Yes, there's a chance you will develop pancreatic cancer, but the odds of you not developing it are just as good!

    I don't know what else to say, try to live your life the way you did before you found out about this. Get check ups often to be sure that if you ever do get it, that you catch it early.

    hang in there :/

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