Families may feel a range of emotions after the diagnosis of a genetic condition. You may feel afraid of what is going to happen next. You may also be relieved to learn what the cause of a medical problem is.
If you have received a genetic diagnosis for yourself or a loved one, you may be filled with many emotions. Those thoughts, questions and feelings are a normal part of what is sometimes called D-day for many families. The D standing for diagnosis and the day as one that will be cemented in your mind for a lifetime.
First, take some time to process the information and feelings they elicit. When you are ready, and there is no set time line for this part, here are some resources that can help you learn more about the genetic diagnosis you are living with.
Have hope, you are not alone. Even if you are the only one in the world with the rarest of the rare genetic diagnosis, you can find community, support and encouragement.
Information about the diagnosis can help you prepare for the future. Check out these websites for more information about a genetic condition.
Support groups can connect you with people that understand how you are feeling. You can search the following websites to find a support group for a genetic condition.
Here’s a list of trusted resources that you can use to help you plan for your genetics appointment.
Family members share genes, habits, lifestyles, and surroundings.
The term "referral" can mean both the act of sending you to another doctor or therapist, and to the actual paperwork authorizing your visit.
A screening test is performed as a preventative measure – to detect a potential health problem or disease in someone that doesn’t yet have signs or symptoms.
Families may feel a range of emotions after the diagnosis of a genetic condition. You may feel afraid of what is going to happen next. Or, you may have a sense of relief from learning what the cause of a medical problem is.