Readers, Colleagues, Friends...
Well, That day is upon us. It is 1 year ago that I started this journey.
Here is the post that fateful March Day
So I have no idea where to begin. Which is why I will just start with the Stats.......
Only 17% of patients with familial colon cancer risk were referred to appropriate genetic counseling according to a study at Harvard.
Prenatal counseling is not offered 9 of 10 women who meet indications!
Only 37% of MDs know that BRCA genes can be passed by the father!
We have a lot to cover and I look forward to sharing my solution to this huge problem. How in the world can we expect to implement Personalized Medicine in all its glory without having some Genome Savvy physicians? Oh....Those geneticists? Too bad almost 90 percent are pediatricians and have no clue what ischemic heart failure is.
So..... 3 lawsuits, 2 threatened libel cases, Tens of thousands of viewers, a brush with fame, an almost TV spot, an appointment to advise a personalized medicine project, meeting some of the greatest people, launching my solution to the problem, the rise of corporate genomics, the launch of an Amazing Network of Genetics Bloggers, watching DNA Direct arm up to fight 23 and Me, Seeing Navigenics delay to prepare for the Google Wars, Multiple VC consultations and the best damn year ever, despite Boston Winning......I say "The journey is never finished. At Year One I can truly say we have just begun to ascend the mountain" even JAMA thinks so...
First I would like to thank my family for putting up with the incessant blogging, during dinner, during breakfast, when something strikes me.....
Next to thank the community which gave me the opportunity to grow. Berci, Hsien, Walter, Ric, Misha....I could go on and on....please know that you all hold a very special place in my heart. No matter what views you hold, you were always there for me.
To my readers "What a year!" The Sherpa would have been worthless without your opinions, your eyes, your information. Thank you for all the inside scoop you have provided. I hope our relationship will bring even greater synergies! We can get up this mountain....together....all of us.
The Sherpa Says:
Now we must climb....To Quote My good friend Master Yoda
"Do or Do Not, There is No Try."