Long time, no blog

It's been a tough month for me, as I closed a chapter many years long and moved on to permanent residence in Portland, Oregon. I'm trying to catch up on what's been happening in the world of genetics and--in my usual way of following distractions to see where they lead--found out that

Professor Randy Pausch, author of the remarkable and inspiring book "Last Lecture," has passed away at the age of 47. A dear friend to Diane Sawyer and 'Good Morning America,' Pausch's lecture and subsequent interview was one of the most powerful accounts of hope, grace and optimism "GMA" has ever featured, and drew a worldwide response.

Today, 6 August 2008, does optimism or pessimism change out future? Randy infused many with his acceptance that his recurrent pancreatic cancer would kill him. It did. Did he live longer and happier because he shared his "last lecture" and follow-up interviews with the world? Yes, I believe so.

I know he certainly, positively affected the lives of many others in the world. So, as we go onward with acquiring knowledge about ourselves and our POTENTIAL futures based on the results of genetic testing, let's think positively.

Let's do all we can to make sure genetic testing is accurate, fair, and nondiscriminatory. Let's take advantage of the new technology in a responsible way and learn all we can about how it affects our lives.

We've all got optimism in us--however buried it might seem when negative events and information enter our lives. Let's embrace that optimism and enjoy our lives!

Marie Godfrey, PhD

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