A True Test of Time and Patients

December 27, 2017


Quest Diagnostics prides itself on "Leading the Way" as per their website. "For almost four decades, we have pioneered innovative tests and technologies. Our commitment to innovation keeps us on the leading edge."  They go on to state that they "are the world’s leading provider of diagnostic testing, information and services that patients and doctors need to make better healthcare decisions. We perform medical tests that aid in the diagnosis or detection of diseases, measure the progress or recovery from a disease or confirm that an individual is free from disease. We have specialized expertise in cancer, cardiovascular diseases, infectious diseases, and neurology." 



But, what happens when Quest Diagnostics gets it wrong?


Huntington's disease has ravaged our family since 2009. We are a large Italian family from Queens, New York. My parents had eight children, and five of them decided to create a family. In 2009, my father, second oldest brother, and I, received a diagnosis of Huntington's disease.  In that timeframe, my niece decided to get tested, and the result was a diagnosis of Huntington's disease. Needless to say, her mother, my oldest sister, did not need to get tested. 


Keeping track: Five of my family members had received a diagnosis of Huntington's disease as of 2009. For the sake of this article, it is necessary to mention that some of our extended family had received a diagnosis of Huntington's disease - five cousins.