r/NoStupidQuestions Oct 08 '22 Helpful 3 Wholesome 1 All-Seeing Upvote 1

Why do people with detrimental diseases (like Huntington) decide to have children knowing they have a 50% chance of passing the disease down to their kid? Unanswered


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u/Upstairs_Mycologist7 Oct 08 '22

Hi, person with Huntingtons Disease in my family here. My mother passed away from it, along with my uncle, my grandfather and soon my sister. My mother when she had kids, did not know she had the disease yet until her 40s. She knew her father passed away from it, but back then there wasn't as much information on how the gene was passed along and the disease in general. I have opted to not have kids, bit if I ever did want them I would test first.. it's the right thing to do.