May 12, 2013 - 1:54 am
I decided a couple weeks ago to buy 23andme evaluation for myself and my boyfriend. They analyze your DNA to look for heritage as well as genetic tendencies toward various diseases and disorders. I figured it would be a mouth swab.
Nope! You have to spit in a tube, to collect about an inch of saliva. The instructions say the whole process takes about 5 minutes, and they're very specific about bubbles not counting toward the required amount of saliva. It took me 20+ minutes to generate that inch of saliva!
Now when the results come back that I have a genetic tendency toward oral cancer, things will have come full circle. ;-)
(Kidding, of course, since I had HPV+ SCC, so although genetics may have contributed, there's a known cause).
At any rate, I was laughing the whole time I was trying to spit into that tube, and figured I'd post here in case anyone's going through treatments and feeling down. The treatments end, and even if you have side effects, there's still humor!