By Dana Knutzen, MS, CGC
Kimberly Nugent, MS, GC
Rebecca Littlejohn, MS, CGC
Genetics spans all areas of medicine. It is woven into the very core of who we are and determines how our body grows and develops. When a baby is born with a birth defect or a child is falling behind in school, sometimes a change in our genetic information is the cause. If a genetic diagnosis is made, it not only affects that individual but can stretch across the family, suggesting other relatives may also be at risk.
Understanding whether your child or family member’s health concerns are part of a genetic diagnosis can be confusing. Information provided by genetic counselors can help you navigate these unknowns and help you find answers to your questions.