When I explain my job as a genetic counselor to family members or people I talk with while traveling, they are always surprised to learn that I meet with patients only one or two times. Some patients may have annual follow-up visits with their genetic counselor and geneticist
In the spring of 2013, I met with my new OB/GYN for a routine exam, and we discussed my family health history. I’d never really thought about my genetic risk for breast cancer. I knew my maternal grandmother had had breast cancer but hers was the only case in the family.
When I have asked nurses why they became (or are interested in becoming certified), the same theme emerges - "pride in what I do." It has been fascinating to watch the emergence of the many and varied certifications now available to nurses.
Take matters into your own hands is a phrase we frequently hear in everyday society. Whether it’s health, work, family or an unexpected situation, many people are tested daily to take control of their own lives. Sometimes people may not know where to begin to get help from others.
As a genetic counselor who specializes in psychiatric illnesses and addictions, I help people understand what we know about how our experiences and our genetics work together to cause illness. During a genetic counseling session, we work through any guilt, fear or stigma people may be feeling about