When We Discover the “Why” of Cancer

My son might inherit the cancer that killed his dad

Heather McLeod
P.S. I Love You
Published in
4 min readDec 12, 2020

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Brock and Isaac, months before Brock’s cancer diagnosis in 2014.

It’s been three years and two months since my young husband died of kidney cancer. Yesterday, my mom-in-law called with news: a doctor has diagnosed the family with a rare genetic predisposition. They’ve suffered collapsed lungs for generations, which (we now know) is a red flag for Birt-Hogg-Dube syndrome.

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