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Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis: A Family Story

I remember reading about Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis about 10 years ago. Long before we were parents. It was only available outside the UK and sounded like cool futuristic science. My opinion hasn’t changed much, it’s still cool science, but having gone through the process I now understand it better and thought our experience may inform others.

For European Fragile X Awareness Day, 10th October, Mark (Vice Chair, Fragile X Society) recorded this video to share his amazing Fragile X family story. It is a great insight into life with Fragile X, some of the options available for family planning (particularly, Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis: PGD), and lots of laughs too*!

Mark shared this video with his workplace, as well as with the wider world via the Fragile X Society. It has been fantastic to see others sharing their experiences after watching the video. In addition, through sharing his story as part of our fragileXpedition awareness campaign, Mark and family raised over £1000. We are so grateful.

*As a pre-warning, this lecture includes some very candid discussion of the processes of PGD (some funny, some serious) which may not be suitable for younger ears.

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