The Revolution: Family Medical History & Ty Pennington ADHD


The Revolution: Facing Your Past

Today, Plane Crash Survivor Mercedes Ramirez Johnson and Dr. Tiffanie Davis Henry are sharing their journey to the mountains where that fateful crash on Mercedes’s 21st birthday killed both of her parents and nearly everyone else on board.

The Revolution hosts shared ways to help you own your past so you can move forward with your life.


The Revolution: Family Medical History

66% of Americans don't have the potentially lifesaving information they need about their family medical history.

Dr. Jennifer Ashton: Family History

“Not knowing your family [medical] history is probably the #1 most serious medical mistake you could make, that could actually cost you your life,” said Dr. Jennifer Ashton. She added that 66% of us don’t know our family history. Doctors use this information to establish your risk for mental illness, Diabetes, Cancer, and other serious conditions.

Colo-Rectal Cancer is the third biggest cancer killer, but things like that can be detected and prevented early if you have the information about your family’s health. Dr. Jennifer urged everyone to call, chat, or talk to your family in person to get potentially life-saving information.


Dr. Jennifer suggested asking your parents about their history with heart problems, blood clots, substance abuse, or other chronic diseases or conditions. Dr. Tiffanie said some diseases skip generations, so you’ll want to go back as far as you can.

Harley Pasternak: Type 1 Diabetes

Harley Pasternak said his brothers were both diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes as young boys. They take Insulin and check their Blood Sugar five times daily. That’s what sparked him to be interested in fitness and nutrition.

As the older brother, he felt responsibility to be a role model and set a good example. Dr. Jennifer said that family history will be important for Harley’s future children as well.

Ty Pennington: ADHD

Pivoting away from medical struggles, Ty Pennington talked about having Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and how it affected his school work and projects. He developed low self esteem because he couldn’t ever finish his tasks.

Ty wasn’t diagnosed until college, and it turned around his grades and performance. He said your past can drive you to create a better future for yourself.

Tim Gunn: Giving Back What You Didn’t Have

Tim Gunn said he hated the social aspects of school while growing up. He loved staying home sick and he’d fake sick to get to stay home. Later, he spent 29 years as a classroom teacher and made sure to nurture his students, “cultivating creativity and individuality.”

Dr. Tiffanie: Finding Purpose In Your Past

Dr. Tiffanie said embracing the past is part of your life journey. Learning from your mistakes and applying those lessons to your future is key. She said you have to find purpose in your past, and Mercedes is a great example of someone who had the courage to do that.

Dr. Tiffanie said you should forgive yourself and others and avoid using the past as an excuse. “Let go of the idea that the past could have been any different than what it is,” she said.


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