Two weeks ago, I found out that I was a carrier for Cystic Fibrosis and I was told that Tyler had to be tested for the gene as well. Within the Caucasian population, there is a 1/25 or 4% chance of being a carrier for CF. Yesterday, I got a call from Kaiser Genetics in San Francisco telling me that Tyler was also a carrier of the gene. WTF. There are no cases of CF ever showing up in either of our families’ histories, but somehow, this is happening to us. Our baby has a 25% chance of having this disease.
Cystic Fibrosis is a recessive gene disease that affects approximately 1 in 3,200 Caucasian births. The disease affects the glands that produce mucus, sweat, and intestinal secretions. This causes thick mucus to accumulate in the lungs and in the digestive system; those suffering from the lifelong hereditary condition, will spend their entire lives on medication, enzymes for digestion, and they will constantly be in and out of hospitals. There is no cure for Cystic Fibrosis and the average human life-span is about 35 years, that is if they do not have a severe form of the condition.
I decided to have a test done, the CVS test, to see whether or not our baby will have CF. It was not a pleasant experience having a 7-9 inch needle stuck through my stomach in order to get a sample of the baby’s DNA from the placenta. Now I have to wait two weeks to find out the results. Tyler and I are sincerely hoping for the best.
On the bright side, we got to see our little man again today and he actually looks like a real baby now!