We have been waiting for our youngest daughters genetic test results for the Alpha 1 Antitrypsin Deficiency. She is an MZ…the M from me and the Z from her Dad. We were hoping/praying that she was an MS like her sister. Her count is low on the MZ scale…she is just 3 points above her Dad.
HOWEVER since she knows her status she can seek treatment if necessary before her lungs or liver are damaged. She needs to have a liver function test at least once a year. Since she leads a really healthy lifestyle she has a lot going for her. Many people that are MZs have no problems….from what I have read it is like the roll of the dice.
There is nothing we can do…nothing we can do or say to make it all better. We can only be good listeners and give advice to the best of our ability… and pray.
“If you pray why worry and if you worry why pray.”
If we had known years ago before we had children that they would be carriers…would we have had children? Probably…but we didn’t know…just as we didn’t know if she would have my hair or her fathers…
Jen and her dad September 2015
Obviously she has my hair!