My Screening Journey: Part 2

March 9, 2015
JScreen

by Sierra Weiss

 

A few weeks ago, I decided to be screened using JScreen’s easy to use, at-home saliva test. In the interest of ensuring the healthiest life possible for my future children, I’m taking the plunge and digging deeper into my genetic makeup. JScreen’s comprehensive screening will help me discover whether or not I am a carrier of any genetic disorders that could possibly be passed on to my future children.

Although I am only 18 years old and children are far off in the future for me, I know it’s never too early to learn what’s in store and to plan for a strong, healthy family. Genetic screening empowers me to take full control of my health.

After making my decision to be screened, I went through JScreen’s very simple request form and within days I received my screening kit. In the comfort of my college dorm room, I read through the instructions, collected the required saliva sample and mixed it with the solution provided.

The whole process took me no more than 5 minutes! I capped my sample and sent it off to the testing laboratory. My kit was received by the lab and is now going through the sequencing process; I should have my results in just a few days!

I’m feeling a combination of nervousness and excitement at learning my results. Nervous, because the unknown is always intimidating, but excited because learning about my genetic makeup empowers me to provide my children with with the healthiest future possible — once I decide to have them.

Stay tuned for the final chapter of my experience!

 

JScreen

JScreen is a non-profit, community-based public health initiative dedicated to preventing Jewish genetic diseases. Headquartered in Atlanta at Emory University School of Medicine, the JScreen initiative is a collaboration among clinical geneticists, socially minded businesses, and nonprofits to provide everyday people with a ready access point to cutting-edge genetic testing technology, patient education, and genetic counseling services.