Another stack of medical bills arrived in the mail yesterday. We’re lucky to have good insurance. Among them were the charges for the genetics testing that confirmed we’re SMA carriers.
The cost to us was $16.80 each ($33.60 total). At the risk of sounding like a broken record (remember those?) – or the NPR pledge drive – if you’re thinking of having children, or having more children, again please ask your doctor for the test. On our bills it was labeled “SMN1 Copy Number Analysis” should your healthcare provider need a better description.
Around 1 in 40 are carriers, and if you’re related to us, those odds are even greater that you too are carriers. It is better to know your risks and options, even if it is only to let your children know they too might be carriers. While your cost may be higher, please don’t let that affect your decision.
And now, a picture you may remember from high school biology class. I’m the one on the left.