Journal of Genetic Counseling

, Volume 21, Issue 2, pp 205–206 | Cite as

Genetic Counseling Through Hope

  • Dana Knutzen
Professional Issues

Hope. It’s a word we don’t often hear associated with the term genetic counseling. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines hope as “to cherish a desire with anticipation” (Hope, n.d.., para. 1). In an article describing her journey of being faced with a fetal anomaly, a genetic counselor expressed “hope for the future is what saves you” (Anonymous 2008). Before I started in this career, my understanding of hope was limited to hoping for acceptance to school, finding a job, and passing the board examination.

Just months out of graduate school, however, my perception of hope was redefined. My first job landed me at the local Children’s Hospital where I was asked to accompany one of our geneticists to the neonatal intensive care unit to see a newborn transferred with multiple skeletal abnormalities and dysmorphic features. The geneticist felt the infant’s clinical features were consistent with campomelic dysplasia (CD). Unfortunately testing for alterations in the SOX9gene at that time...


Campomelic dysplasia Hope 


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© National Society of Genetic Counselors, Inc. (outside the USA) 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ObgynMadigan Healthcare System, Attn: MCHJ-CLG-ATacomaUSA

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