Thursday, July 19, 2012

What's in a diagnosis anyway?

So it looks like Marie does not have Trisomy 18... well, there's about a 1 in 10,000 chance at this point.  I had a blood test called cell-free DNA testing.  It checks for Trisomy 13,18,21.  It doesn't diagnose, but tells you if you have a high-risk or low-risk for these disorders.  The test came back saying that Marie is at low-risk for T-18 meaning there's about a 1% chance.  Now, I'm not big on percentages these days since there was like a 1 in 2000 chance that I'd even have a baby with a chromosomal disorder in the first place.  But, I still lean toward believing the test.  This could be taken as good news, but it really doesn't matter.  The prognosis is the same.  She still has a lot of markers revealing that SOMETHING is clearly going on.  It threw me for a loop at first... what am I supposed to think about this?  Is it supposed to give me hope? Or are we just not supposed to know the diagnosis?  The news was unsettling at first, but now I'm back to normal-my new normal that is.  It is what it is at this point and we still just have to wait and see.

She was just giving me a little treat... kicking me like crazy. :)  I didn't want to move! :) But now her big brother is up from his nap and singing the ABCs in his crib.  Time to get moving! :)

I found this article somewhere today... can't even remember from where and it was just a few hours ago.. anyway, here it is. Check it out... beautiful, sad, inspiring!


  1. I thought of you when I read that article earlier today - prayed specifically for a miracle of the same.

    Thank-you for sharing your special moment with Marie from today - she is alive today, making her mark on the world (via your abdomen ;)), praise God!

    Continued prayers for you all.

  2. That is quite an article! I do not know what the diagnosis (or lack thereof) means either, but I know that whatever happens, her life is beautiful, and your willingness to share means that we get to be touched by her life as well, no matter what happens!

  3. Many prayers for baby Marie and all of your family.

  4. I thought I had heard some statistic about the same as what you shared in your article. I wish it weren't true and that more babies were given the chance to live regardless of how "perfect" they are.
    I'm still praying for baby Marie & you ... I'm glad you were given a good result on the Trisomy 18 and will be praying for Marie's health throughout your pregnancy.