A young Kristen Powers is held by her mother, Nicola, while her father looks on in the background. Nicola was later diagnosed with Huntington’s disease, a fatal illness. (Photo courtesy of Kristen Powers)

By Ravali Reddy, Peninsula Press

If you had a 50-50 chance of inheriting a genetic disease, would you get tested to know? Or would you wait for fate to reveal itself years later?

Would your decision change if you knew the disease slowly takes away the ability to walk, talk, and even think?

What if there were no cure?


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