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How A Genetic Counselor Can Help You
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Since most rare diseases are caused by changes in your genes, genetic testing
is often part of the journey. But understanding your options may be challenging.
Partnering with a genetic counselor can help you make the best choice for you and
your family.

What is a Genetic Counselor?
A genetic counselor is a healthcare professional with special training in counseling
and medical genetics. They can help you understand the diagnostic process and can
advocate for you to obtain emotional and financial support and get the best possible


Genetic counseling is based on shared decision making. You can expect your genetic counselor to listen to your thoughts and feelings, help you think through your values, answer any questions you have, arm you with information and support you in making the best choice for you, your child or your family.


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