A Genetic Flip Of The Coin

Jan 18 2013 @ 9:21am

After her brother died of Huntington’s disease, Mona Gable confronted the fact that she might also have the disease:

One night I sat down at my computer and did a Google search. Huntington’s is all about the numbers; I learned I had a 50 percent chance of getting the disease. There is no cure. Then I saw the unthinkable: not only might I carry the lethal HD gene, but my children might too. … My choice was excruciating: Should I get tested? The disease can’t be treated, so what good would it do? But what about my children? At 18 and 20, they certainly had the right to know if they were confronting a fatal illness.