Genetic Testing

Testing is a very personal choice and approximately 7-10% of folks at risk for HD, decide to be tested. 

Here’s John and my story regarding testing:  In 1993, when the test became available for Huntington’s disease, I was thrilled to say the least.  I boldly asked John if he would take the test; I thought for sure he would want to know his gene status.  It was a selfish act on my part because I’m a control freak and wanted control of our lives, and knowing his status, I felt would allow us to better plan our future. When he said he wanted to continue living with the HOPE that he didn’t have the mutated gene, I understood. 

John did test in 2016 when Vanessa and Keith became engaged to be married.  John wanted to give his children a definitive answer so they could plan their lives. 

On January 8, 2016, John tested NEGATIVE for which we are so grateful.  

Testing for Huntington’s disease:  Making An Informed Choice…………. See Link Below

Many have found counselling of benefit during difficult times in their life

https://depts.washington.edu/neurolog/images/neurogenetics/hungtinton.pdf

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