A patient’s perspective on genetic testing

I was sitting in a cold hospital room next to my husband, anxiously clutching his hand. The genetic counselor across from us withdrew a piece of paper from a white envelope and placed it on the table. She knew we were anxious to hear the results, so she got right to the point.

“You have tested positive for the gene that causes Huntington’s disease (HD),” she said.

I didn’t say anything right …

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