I am recently pregnant with our first child, and my husband and I decided to undergo genetic testing to understand the risks our genetic profiles might have for our child. We did 23andme, and I wasn't really intending to assess my risk for AD, that was a bit of an afterthought - I mainly was worried we were carriers for other diseases, like cystic fibrosis, etc. So I was definitely shocked to find out I am APOE 4/4.
Upon processing the news after a couple of days, I'm realizing that finding out may very well be a blessing in disguise. I keep thinking that all of us are at risk for various diseases in our lifetimes, but at least those of us on this forum have a stronger, more immediate motivation than most to do what we can about our risks. For instance, I have a strong feeling this knowledge will help me sustain the long-term motivation to continue major lifestyle and health changes that I have adopted since planning on getting pregnant and throughout my pregnancy (and hopefully will help me instill some new ones after I give birth).
I just wanted to leave this note as a positive one of someone who recently found out about their status. I've appreciated reading the hopeful responses others have left for those who have recently found out. I've also appreciated the detailed information on this site for actions one can take. It is very empowering. Thanks to all who contribute.