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  • Writer's pictureBrittany Hartgrove Mahoney

Defy the Odds

It's funny... just when you think you know where you stand in life, God gives your world a little shake and you lose your footing. 3 days ago, my husband and I got confirmation that our little, 5 month, baby-to-be has Cystic Fibrosis. We have no history of it in the family, but it showed up on my standard maternal screening. Then my husband had to get tested and we discovered (obviously) that Mike also carries the gene. Any person has a 1 in 25 chance of carrying a CF mutation. The odds for a couple to both have this mutation is 1 in 625. Since we both were carriers, our baby had a 1 in 4 chance of having CF, 3 in 4 that it would not. The odds were in our favor, but we hit the jackpot. I'm not even sure if I know how to finish this post. It's obviously a huge game changer. I don't know what this will mean for our daily lives, much less how it will affect my career aspirations. But it's funny- my career aspirations don't even matter anymore.

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