Huntington's disease - test results
to my family and friends and family that are like friends... following my sisters footsteps, I finally caved and decided to test for Huntington's disease. I am HAPPY to announce that I my results came back NEGATIVE!! I am not at risk for, nor a carrier of HD and therefore CANNOT pass it down to my mini me's. ♥
HD awareness and fundraising is still and always be near and dear to my heart.
Huntington's Disease is a devastating, hereditary, degenerative brain disorder for which there is, at present, no effective treatment or cure. HD slowly diminishes the affected individual's ability to walk, think, talk and reason. Eventually, the person with HD becomes totally dependent upon others for his or her care. Huntington's Disease profoundly affects the lives of entire families -- emotionally, socially and economically.
HD affects males and females equally and crosses all ethnic and racial boundaries. Each child of a person with HD has a 50/50 chance of inheriting the fatal gene. Everyone who carries the gene will develop the disease. In 1993, the HD gene was isolated and a direct genetic test developed which can accurately determine whether a person carries the HD gene. The test cannot predict when symptoms will begin. However, in the absence of a cure, some individuals "at risk" elect not to take the test.