Previvors Are About Proactive Health Decisions

I like to share about my proactive health decision that made me a previvor.   As such, I am part of a large group of women that want to empower and educate. Today, we’re diving into the world of “previvors,” a term you might not have heard of before. But don’t worry, by the end of this article, you’ll have a clear understanding of what a previvor is and why their stories are both inspiring and educational.

What is a Previvor?

A “previvor” is a term that combines “survivor” and “prevention.” It refers to individuals who have a significantly higher risk of developing a particular disease, often due to their genetic makeup, family history, or other risk factors, but have not yet been diagnosed with that disease.  With this knowledge they take a proactive health decision to take control and not wait.

Why Previvors Matter

Previvors are an essential part of the healthcare landscape because they take proactive steps to reduce their risk of developing a life-threatening condition. They don’t wait for a diagnosis to make changes in their lives. Instead, they actively engage in prevention, early detection, and lifestyle modifications.

Previvors and Genetics

Many previvors have a family history of diseases like cancer or carry genetic mutations that increase their risk. For example, the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes are well-known culprits associated with breast and ovarian cancer. Previvors with these mutations often opt for preventive surgeries, such as mastectomies and oophorectomies, to reduce their risk drastically.

Empowering Stories

Previvors are real-life heroes, facing the challenge of uncertainty with courage and determination. Their stories are a testament to the power of knowledge and proactive healthcare decisions. By sharing their experiences, previvors help others understand the importance of early detection and risk reduction.

Support and Resources for Previvors

Previvors don’t walk this path alone. There are numerous support groups, online communities, and healthcare professionals specializing in the care of individuals at high risk. They provide emotional support, information, and guidance through the journey of risk management and prevention.

Prevention is Key

The main takeaway from the previvor community is that prevention is key to a healthier future. Regular check-ups, screenings, genetic testing, and lifestyle modifications can make a significant difference in reducing the risk of disease. Previvors serve as role models, inspiring all of us to be proactive about our health.

Previvors are everyday heroes, exemplifying the power of knowledge and taking control of one’s health destiny. Their stories inspire us to prioritize prevention, early detection, and informed decision-making. By shedding light on what it means to be a previvor, we hope to empower you to take charge of your health and make informed choices that can lead to a brighter, healthier future.

Remember, knowledge is your greatest ally on the path to a healthier life, and previvors show us that it’s never too early to start being proactive about our well-being.

Rev. Colleen Irwin
Reverend Colleen Irwin is a Spiritual being having a human experience as a Blogger, Wife, Mother, Mentor, Healer and Public Speaker living in Rochester New York. Colleen, a Natural Born Medium, teaches, lectures and serves Spirit when called upon. She remembers speaking with Spirit as a child and learning how to share this knowledge with others has been an adventure that she captured in her book “Discovering Your Stream”. Colleen has been mentored by Reverend Jack Rudy, and ordained as a Priest in the Order of Melchizedek by the Reverend Dan Chesboro through the Sanctuary of the Beloved. When she is not doing her Spiritual work she is a volunteer docent sharing Susan B. Anthony's history to visitors of the Susan B. Anthony House in Rochester. Her trust in Spirit gave her a new title – PREVIVOR. She now uses her platform to educate others about the BRCA genetic mutation and how one can take control of their health and well-being.
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