People at-risk for Huntington’s disease face a difficult choice about genetic testing, given the current absence of an effective treatment or cure. Many people see no benefit in knowing that they will someday develop the disease. Others want an end to uncertainty so that they can make informed choices about the future. The decision whether to test or not is intensely personal and there is no “right” answer. http://hdsa.org/living-with-hd/genetic-testing-family-planning-prenatal-testing/
It turns out that a small percentage of at-risk people actually get tested for HD, approximately 5-10%. I was somewhat surprised when I learned the statistic, but then when I stopped and thought about, John didn’t want to know………….he wanted to live with the HOPE that he didn’t have the mutated gene.
I participate in HD support groups on Facebook and whether to test or not is always a topic of concern and controversy. https://www.facebook.com/groups/406770452750893/?ref=br_rs
We can never lose HOPE………..Therese
100% of the proceeds from Watching Their Dance: Three Sisters, a Genetic Disease and Marrying into a Family At Risk for Huntington’s, a memoir/nonfiction book, is being donated to Huntington’s disease organizations around the world. To purchase the book, go to Therese’s website: http://www.theresecrutchermarin.com and Amazon B&N Kindle Kobo Nook