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Old Today, 08:58 AM
 
Location: The Driftless Area, WI
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I saw this piece on NBC's Today show https://www.today.com/video/video/gr...-1440579651923 about a pitcher for the Houston Astros whose family history is positive for Huntington's Disease.


The first thing I thought after seeing it was Ted Williams was right-- pitchers are the dumbest people in the world.


The situation- his family has several members with HD, therefore, he could have the gene and be susceptible to developing the symptoms & problems as he ages.


He doesn't want to do genetic testing now, because he claims others who have done it and find that they're positive go thru a period of depression.


He wants to have kids, so he runs the risk of passing the gene on.


He has decided with his wife that they will go to the expensive process of in vivo fertilization with selection of which egg to use based on genetic testing of the fertilized eggs. His wife would be submitted to laparoscopic surgery to collect eggs.


Won't he find out if he's got the gene that way, anyway?
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Old Today, 09:24 AM
 
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He has decided with his wife that they will go to the expensive process of in vivo fertilization with selection of which egg to use based on genetic testing of the fertilized eggs. His wife would be submitted to laparoscopic surgery to collect eggs.

Won't he find out if he's got the gene that way, anyway?
Not necessarily. They could request that only "healthy embryos" be implanted, but choose not to be told if any of them actually had the gene.

I know someone who has the Huntington's gene and her mother has already developed the disease. She did in vitro and and has a baby girl who doesn't have the gene. In vitro is a reasonable option with this particular very horrible genetic disease.

I might or might not want to know, either. It's hard to say. I have genetic mutations that predispose me to cancer, but cancer is something you can be proactive about for the most part, so there's a good reason to know. I can understand the attitude that if I'm going to get something that has no prevention and no cure, why ruin the good years I have left by stressing out, knowing it's coming.
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Old Today, 11:46 AM
 
Location: The Driftless Area, WI
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Options: don't do test and live with anxiety, or need to suppress anxiety or deny the problem like a child over the next 40 yrs vs do test and be relieved completely of the problem if negative or to deal with the problem financially/socially/economically like an adult if it's positive. Don't forget there's a wife and soon children that have to deal with the psychological stress involved...It's not like there's only a small chance he has it-- it's more like 50:50.


If it's negative, normal conception is free. If it's positive, then you can spend the $35,000 per pregnancy for selective in vitro....


....I figure at his pay scale, he needs to pitch ~ one stinking inning to pay for it. He can afford to be stupid & insensitive. I guess he thinks it's worse to have short term depression than full time anxiety.
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Old Today, 12:52 PM
 
Location: South Florida
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His reproductive choices make sense to me; what I really don't understand him going public with them. Revealing that he has a 50/50 chance of developing Huntington's seems like a good way to curtail his athletic career. He may actually have forced himself into finding out earlier than he wanted to, on a personal level, in order to prove to those who may be wondering and want to sign/renew a contract with him at the professional level.
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