Re: I Want to HELP
Re: I Want to HELP
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Posted by Melissa
on October 18, 2000 at 08:00:35:
In Reply to: Re: I Want to HELP posted by Jane on October 17, 2000 at 19:33:36:
: : I want to now what the chances of me haveing a cystic fibrosis child.I just found out my xgirl friend has a cystic fibrosis child.She hasnt got in contact with me as the man she was seeing at the same time as me has cystic fibrosis in his family history other wise it would be 50/50 the child was mine.If it was my child i would want to help as much as i could.
: Hey Simon--
: I have a son and a brother with CF. In order to have a cf kid, both parents must be carriers. The thing most people don't realize is just exactly how common it is. Statistics can vary, but according to "Cystic Fibrosis: A Guide for Patients and Family", one in 29 are carriers. Check out www.cff.org for stats as well.
: You can easily be a carrier and not have a known family history--my husband had no family history. A simple blood test can screen your DNA to find out if you're a carrier. Check with your doctor--they may refer you to a geneticist, or they may do the test for you. Either way, if you test yourself and find out you're not a carrier, then there is no way you could be the baby's father. The test seems worth your piece of mind. Also, you will find that cf kids are amazing. They are typically over achievers who live life to its absolute fullest. If the baby is yours you will be doing yourself an incredible favor by allowing yourself the chance to know a cf kid and become part of the community.
: Good luck and email if we can help.
: Jane Mills
Even though there is history of CF in the other man's family doesnt gaurantee that he is the father of the child. As Jane pointed out many times a person can be a carrier of the gene without having any known history. I would have yourself tested for being a carrier if you still ?? your paternity of the baby. If you happen to be a carrier than you would procede with DNA/Paternity testing for the baby. If you are not a carrier than you know for sure the obvious was true. Sometimes things arent what they appear even if it seems likely. Good Luck & God Bless You in whatever decision you make & whatever results you get!