jewish genetic disease

When Two Tay-Sachs Carriers Try to Conceive



It's a long road to pregnancy for carriers of Tay-Sachs.

Jewish men and women are strongly urged to get tested for the gamut of Jewish Genetic Diseases before they attempt to have children. But what happens when your test results tell you the one thing you don’t want to hear: that both you and your partner are carriers for the same disease? A new article on Kveller chronicles the journey to pregnancy for one woman facing this unthinkable fate. She writes:

I’ve joined the ranks of women who spend too much time on fruitless internet searches, who walk the streets with “belly envy” for every pregnant woman who crosses my path. I’ve noticed that even knowing what I know, I still have yet to fully let go of a dream that this will all happen with the wave of a magic wand.

We strongly urge everyone to read her whole story on Kveller. Depressing, yes, but hopeful against all odds.

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