Finding out, Denise
Interviewee: Denise. Denise talks about the emotional moment when she found out she had been spared the "family curse." (DNAi Location: Applications > Genes and medicine > Gene testing > Denise > Finding out)
And then she told me that I did not have the marker and I remember a sense of relief and I felt, I felt so happy and relieved for a minute, we all got up and hugged one another, and it was, I felt like, oh my gosh, you know, one of us don't have this. And then I remember feeling immediately the guilt, I thought, oh my gosh, but why couldn't the rest of, you know, my family been so lucky as to not have it. Because they had never been told they had the marker, but we just assumed they had, you know, they had a marker or something going on. So I was, it was very, very emotional and it didn't seem, I really felt from what Dr. Weber told me that I should believe what she was saying, because it seemed believable, but it did seem like something out of Star Wars that they would actually be able to give me information like this.
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Barbara Weber talks about how she had discovered information that could be useful to families afflicted with hereditary breast cancer even before the gene was found.
Barbara Weber shows how information from her study on genetic markers associated with inherited breast cancer indicated which family members were at increased risk and which were not.
Barbara Weber talks about the dramatic moment when she realized she had information that could change the life of her patient's sister.
Denise talks about her family's affliction with inherited breast cancer and her decision to have her breasts removed as a preventive measure.
Denise talks about learning about DNA, and deciding if she wanted to know if she was at increased risk for breast cancer.
Barbara Weber discusses how information from the pedigrees she used in her studies could show which family members were at increased risk for cancer.
Barbara Weber talks about delivering the news.
Genetic testing changed Denise's life.
Mary-Claire King talks about her first steps toward finding the gene responsible for certain kinds of inherited breast cancer.
Mark Skolnick talks about forming a company to discover genes and develop genetic tests.