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Genetic testing - would you? Did you?

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Maybe he could have made an educated choice as to whether to have children and risk possibly passing this horrific disease on to them? Huntingtons is miserable so I would imagine his last years weren't easy on the family either.

I'm sure they weren't easy. Watching his sister die wasn't easy, and we were good friends but not as close as family. Keep in mind this was close to 20 years ago, so I'm not sure exactly when his children were born in relation to when reliable testing became available to him. That part of the post wasn't very clear and for that I apologize! I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have kids knowing that the possibility exists that I'd pass on something to them, but if we all decided not to have kids based on what might/might not be in our DNA the human race wouldn't last long.

I can see it from both sides, really. No easy answers.

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Uh-uh, DON'T want to know. Same for hubby. Blissful ignorance is my vote.

Easy for me to say, since mom's side tends to maintain vital brain function well into their upper 80's to mid-90's. My dad's side of the family? Well, the few who weren't alcoholic lived through their upper 80's with no mental lag.

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Tough call. I'm not sure if it would be harder to not know or to know. I'd probably get tested for BRCA, but Alzheimers? I doubt it.

A friend of mine in high school had Huntington's chorea (autosomal dominant) and died about five years after we graduated, so she'd have been 23. Her father had died from it. Her older brother refused to get tested because he just didn't want to know....got married, had kids. Started showing symptoms in his mid-30s and died within a couple years. I just can't wrap my head around the devastation the mother must have felt to watch her husband then both her kids progressively decline then die without her being able to do anything at all but watch. But back to the point, I can understand why the older brother didn't want to get tested. What would it have changed for him?

For fear of starting debate, and forgive if this is touchy, but I think knowing it was autosomal dominant, getting tested would give the ability before having children to consider sperm donation or genetic testing of embryos before doing IVF. IVF might not be for everyone, of course, but it's a thought. I bet the mother of his kids is very much afraid for her kids, too. How sad. :( I just can't imagine. I'm sorry for the loss of your friend.

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For fear of starting debate, and forgive if this is touchy, but I think knowing it was autosomal dominant, getting tested would give the ability before having children to consider sperm donation or genetic testing of embryos before doing IVF. IVF might not be for everyone, of course, but it's a thought. I bet the mother of his kids is very much afraid for her kids, too. How sad. :( I just can't imagine. I'm sorry for the loss of your friend.

No worries, not touchy. Keep in mind all this happened close to 20 years ago so I'm not sure what testing was available to him in relation to when his kids were born. Sorry that part of my post wasn't clear. I don't know if his kids were born before or after he had the option to test.

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I'm already depressed waiting for my demise, so I don't know if I would get tested for this or not. Now, what I have been contemplating lately is the test for ancestry. Only thing holding me back is the cost and not really being convinced of the reliability of the test. Would love to know more precisely just what kind of mutt I am!

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I'm already depressed waiting for my demise, so I don't know if I would get tested for this or not. Now, what I have been contemplating lately is the test for ancestry. Only thing holding me back is the cost and not really being convinced of the reliability of the test. Would love to know more precisely just what kind of mutt I am!

It is a little costly so I saved up and did it with my mum to celebrate our birthdays which are just over a week apart. Would I bet my life savings on the results? No. But it was fun and it corroborates with what I know about my genealogy - my dad traced his side back to mid-18th century Ireland, my mom traced her side back to 14th c. Tudor England. Unsurprisingly, about 3/4 of my DNA matches with the British Isles.

My understanding is that all the results are based on past and continuing work with the Human Genome Project. They examine DNA & archaeological evidence of people in X region vs. Y region vs. Z region and map out what similarities/differences are present in each. As they've obtained more and more samples the results have become more accurate.

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