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July 17th, 2017, 01:57 AM
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Hi ladies,
New to this - feeling hopeful and quite a bit scared. My husband and I are trying to do PGS, and stretched for a more cutting edge university-affiliated clinic to do so, because of a bad family history of aneuploidy.we're trying to avoid for our child. But at my appointment today the doc brought up something we've never heard of -- she offered to also select one of the embryos with the least likelihood to develop Alzheimers later in life, and decrease that risk by a lot. Anyone out there doing this too, or have thoughts about it? I know it's far off, but having first hand experience seeing my mother-in-law in that pain, we are tempted. On the other hand, I'm very timid about trying anything so new and would love to hear about anyone else's experiences/thoughts/reactions, if you're willing to share. Any input would be helpful, just to not go through all these decisions alone.
Thank you and good luck to anyone out there struggling through a hard stretch. I'm thinking of you.

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July 17th, 2017, 07:41 AM
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Interested in hearing first-hand accounts here too.
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July 17th, 2017, 02:50 PM
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I have no first hand accounts. My sister did IVF and was given the choice and decided not to.

I hope you and DH come to a decision together please keep us updated, and I'm sorry I don't have further information for you.

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July 17th, 2017, 03:09 PM
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I'm done with children, but that sounds amazing! I know there is a lot of controversy with designer babies, but I have seen my grandmother die from dementia, and I would be all about preventing that. The horrible thing about it was she didn't just go downhill over a year with it. It wasn't even five years. She had it for over a decade before she passed, and it was very burdensome to our family. (Not that your grandma should ever be described as a burden, but some of those symptoms were a burden!) It was also very painful. She found out one of her granddaughters died, and she had to keep finding out as time went on. It was very difficult to get her help or find a safe place for her. Personally, I would jump all over that! lol

I have a daughter with severe Autism. I have mentioned to DH more than once that if we could Gattaca our kids, I'd have taken that right out! lol I'd have left nothing except coloring to chance!

Anyway, that sounds amazing. I hope everything works out perfectly and y'all come to an easy decision together.
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