How much do you know about your family's medical history? If you're like most, probably not enough.
This is something that I hope to change.
I am a 53-year-old former real estate broker and certtified general appraiser that has created My Diary for Life, an Android app designed to keep such important information.
It's an idea that I have worked on for seven years after one of my brothers was diagnosed with prostate cancer.
My family, which includes seven brothers and four sisters, has a long history of cancer-related illnesses. My father died from lung cancer and other complications. Since I've launched this business in 2007, two more brothers were diagnosed with prostate cancer and another with colon cancer. Meanwhile, my wife has been diagnosed and treated for breast cancer."They're all doing fine, because they caught it early due to knowing thier family medical history & having regular screenings and checkups.
"My Diary For Life" emphasizes the significance of having a record that can be easily accessed when talking with your physician and pharmacist.
"The three most important questions asked by your doctor are: What is your medical and family history? What medications are you taking? What are you allergic to? When you're asked these questions, you only have to refer to your diary.
Once a booklet, My Diary for Life is now a convenient Android app! It is designed for recording personal medical information and your family history. There's a section for noting personal medical conditions, diagnosis and treatments as well as your family's medical history, which can be an indicator of potential health risks. There's also a medication log to record and keep track of medications taken, a place to record notes, including a section to upload photos and videos.
Keep track of major medical visits, hospital stays and examinations. You can keep up with the type of doctor you are seeing and the reason for the visit. Also, there's a place to record such things as weight, blood pressure and cholesterol.
The app is free for the first 30 days and only $0.99 per month after that.
They are available online at http://www.mydiaryforlife.com
My biggest challenge has been figuring out how to market the app because of its wide appeal. My target market is anyone who is breathing, from newborns to adults, males and females. The idea is when a baby is born, you start logging all of thier important health information, and when your child is ready to go out on his or her own, they download their own app and transfer the information from yous.
*UPDATE: October 2010 another one of my brothers had prostate surgery. It was detected early and he is doing fine. (Thank U Jesus Amen)