Where oh where did my RP genes go?

Where oh where could they be…

I have RP. The only eye problems on both side of the family are glasses. Nobody has had any big retinal disease that I am aware of. And apparently, the genetic tests aren’t aware of any RP either. I did genetic testing at the Retina Foundation when I was diagnosed with this disease. It came back as “isolate” form. This was comforting in some ways, and not so much in others.

I like to understand how and why things happened. In this situation, I cannot explain either. The “why” is a part of science and the fact that they haven’t found a cure for my disease yet, and the “how” is undetermined because my RP is an isolate form.

At the same time, because my RP is an isolate form, I know the chances of me passing it down to my children would be slim. This is a good thing. While I would love them and teach them to have strength and equip them with the skills to overcome their RP and just let it be another characteristic of their identity, I would rather spare my child from going through all the trials and tribulations that come with losing your vision over time. There is also the unpredictability of it that makes things tough.


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Jessica N and Makiko

Jessica is a proud Texan. She graduated in 2014 with her Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling and is now employed. She is visually impaired and has a retinal disease, Retinitis Pigmentosa. Originally Jessica started blogging about everything from being diagnosed with the disease to where she is now, almost 9 years later. Then, Jessica went to Guide Dogs for the Blind and was blessed with Makiko, her new guide dog. Now, her blog "The Way Eye See The World" is about everything related to visual impairments, including guide dogs.

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