Posted 1/11/2008 6:57 PM (GMT -6)
No other incidence in my family.I have two Aunties and an Uncle on my Mothers side,two Uncles and an Auntie on my Fathers side.From this generation,I have ten cousins.I also have two brothers.I am the only one from my generation or the two preceding generations(that I'm aware of)that has an IBD.
Families are very large collections of people,there are bound to be times when this disease hits more than one person in a family.My personal view is that there isn't sufficient evidence to suggest it's a generic illness.Some of you will disagree,especially those with offspring that become afflicted,and I really do sympathize with you.However,for those of you wishing to start a family,I think it would be somewhat rash not to,in fear of your offspring developing this disease.
Easy for me to say!I'm a 36 year old single male,so the right time to start a family has almost sailed ship and,to be honest,was never really a desire of mine.But I can say this,if I did want to start one,my UC wouldn't even be a consideration.As I said before,I'm the only one in my family with an IBD,so I see no evidence to worry.
I guess you all have your own story,many with a very different perspective,but that's how I view things from my own family history.