This may seem a bit odd to people but I still haven’t been tested for Fragile X. It was one of the very first items brought up by the geneticist I met with in the weeks after Monkey was diagnosed but I was not able to think about it at that time. I was too focused on what this news meant for Monkey. I didn’t have the emotional energy to think about what it meant to me.
Since that time I’ve periodically given some thought to being tested but never reach a conclusion. I am vaguely worried about what having the test in my medical records could mean for me. Genetic test results are well protected in Massachusetts and in Maine, the two locations I will likely spend the rest of my life living in, but that is not the case in many, many other states. What if I decide to move to another state? What if that decision is made for me by my career or some other situation I can’t yet anticipate and I move to a state where it is legal to discriminate based on genetic information? What if I move, only to find out that I cannot obtain insurance for myself or my son because of the testing?
Other than that fear, there is a bit of “What does it matter?” involved as well. I am what I am. Is there a reason, beyond curiosity because my insurance won’t pay for that, to establish whether I’m full mutation or carrier?
What do you think?