As a genetic counselor at JScreen, I will often hear my male patients express concern for their partners, daughters, mothers, and sisters, without realizing how it may affect them. One of the most common misconceptions about genetic testing for cancer is that it’s only a test for women. So let’s take a minute to expose
What’s the Difference Between Ancestry DNA Testing and Carrier Screening? “I don’t need any more genetic testing – I had that one ancestry test and I’m pretty sure they tested me for everything I need.” Unfortunately, it’s very possible that the ancestry test didn’t include as much testing as you might have thought.
“Thank you for taking the time to speak with us tonight,” said my patient’s husband, “There is no way we would have understood these results had you simply emailed them to us.” Statements like this make it all worth it. Yesterday was a draining day, working the night shift after a long day of little
Melanie W. Hardy, MS, MS, LCGC As a genetic counselor, it’s very common to get confused looks from people when I try to describe to them what I do for a living. At JScreen, genetic counselors are a vital part of the carrier screening process to help ensure accurate, appropriate testing for program participants.
by Rabbi Ilana Garber “These are all the people,” my husband explains as he points to the variety of seeds, hundreds of them, that have fallen off my son’s everything bagel and now cover his plate. “And of all of the people, each one has different genes, different ways their bodies are made.” He goes
by Shari Ungerleider When I gave birth to my first child, Evan, in August of 1994, my husband and I were elated. After nine long months of anticipation we were finally blessed with a beautiful baby. We joyfully watched Evan grow and develop normally for the next six months; he was such a happy baby, always
You would never know the struggles that Michelle K endured to have her beautiful, blonde, 6-year old twin girls by her side. She looks calm, happy, and seemingly has it all together. On the contrary, the road to motherhood was anything but easy for Michelle. Michelle was plagued by fertility issues, and after 5 rounds
by Rabbi Jennifer Kaluzny “You’re perfect for each other! You really should get married!” You might think that our best friends said this to us, or maybe even our parents. They did too, but this time, it was our fertility doctor. He wasn’t complimenting my husband Ryan and I on our symbiotic relationship or the
Kate and Mark were very much the quintessential newlywed couple. Both living fast paced lives in California, as a teacher and lawyer. They were carefree and living the dream. Five years into their marriage, they received the good news that they were pregnant with their first baby. After an easy pregnancy, Kate and Mark were
by Becca Shimshak “There’s a land that I see where the children are free and I say it ain’t far to this land from where we are.” – Marlo Thomas For me, having children felt so far away when I was diagnosed with endometriosis and an ovarian cyst. I turned to in vitro fertilization (IVF)