Hi, Mike, yes my daughter was tested and she is 4/4. It's been a difficult thing to negotiate -- dealing with my own "grieving process" while trying to maintain an "up" attitude for her -- "surely there will be a cure, look at all the great research!" Her father's poor health was already an indicator, so it wasn't a shock, but it definitely casts a dark shadow. She's only 24.
And hello, NF52... Thank you for your in-depth, thoughtful reply and warm welcome. I agree that there are many things to be encouraged about, and many things to be proactive about, but I also think it's important to be realistic. I feel confident that I have at least ten good years ahead of me (I'm only 55), but I'm also very much aware of how much my brain has gone downhill already, in terms of holding onto new learning, getting lost, losing things, or having trouble holding a multi-digit number in memory long enough to type it into my computer (I work as a bookkeeper, so this is not something I'm just imagining). I have, frankly, NOT been someone who has lived a healthy lifestyle, and each step in the right direction has been, and continues to be, a struggle. Therefore, rather than assume I'll live to a healthy 85, I prefer to assume I won't, and that therefore I must push myself to accomplish whatever I'm here to accomplish right now. (But, of course, in the back of my mind, I'm thinking, "If I can turn the ship around and squeeze out ten good years, then surely they'll find a cure, look at all the great research!")
As for the "primer," I found it overwhelming. I'll just focus on daily walks and eating vegetables for now, and take another look at the advanced topics after I get a grip on the basics.
Anyway, delighted to find this site. I have it bookmarked and will try to check in once a week or so. Carpe diem.