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Ok...So here's my take on genetic testing. I would want to know. I have a lot of women who have opted to have the testing done and whether they received good negative or a positive, they were glad they found out. I think it's the fear of the unknown that can be worse.

I, personally, would rather know so I can do what I can to negate it and or be proactive in my approach. Another words, I would want to know everything I could on what I may be predisposed to. I'd want to be alerted by google alerts on new treatments, procedures, clinical trials and news on my particular predisposed condition.

I would do the same with a site like EmpowHer. I'd learn everything I could from other women who've had the genetic testing and tested positive. I'd want to start a dialogue with them as well. I'd want EmpowHer to find doctors for me to talk to or have access to via video. The amazing doctors who are the "BEST" at treating, diagnosing and or researching whatever my predisposed condition might be.

The insurance companies now have to cover at least part of the testing. There was a law was passed about a year ago forcing insurance companies to step up when it comes to paying for genetic testing. Doesn't mean that they can't raise your insurance. But they cannot cancel your policy because you've tested positively with the gene.

We do have some information on the site about this very topic in our Ask and Share section. If you type in "genetic testing" it's right below the browse health topics. Located on the upper right hand corner of the screen..its a search bar. I'm sure you'll find some great information of women sharing their stories and how they feel about genetic testing.

I'd love to hear your thoughts...It's never an easy decision. I'm one that always wants to know as much as I can. Doesn't mean it's the right approach but its what's right for me.

Best in health,

January 24, 2009 - 10:29pm


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