November 9th is Genetic Counselor Awareness Day. : Living with "Rare"

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November 9th is Genetic Counselor Awareness Day.

by RNE submissions on 11/09/17

by
Mary-Frances Garber, MS, CGC
Licensed Genetic Counselor  

www.listeningreflectinghealing.com

Genetic Counselors are partners in your genetic health care.  For those of you living with rare conditions, or curious about your genetic family history, you can reach out to find a genetic counselor at  http://www.aboutgeneticcounselors.com/

Genetic Counselors are trained in the field of genetic medicine, while at the same time focusing on your emotional wellbeing.  Genetic counselors are equipped to help you understand the genetics of the condition in your family, while traveling with you on the emotional journey.

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A lifelong Connecticut resident, Joanna Mechlinski is a former newspaper reporter who now works in education. She was diagnosed with lupus, fibromyalgia and polymyositis in her early twenties. In addition to helping spread rare and chronic illness awareness, Joanna is also passionate about animal advocacy, reading, writing, and road trips.

 Mary-Frances Garber is a licensed genetic counselor, providing supportive counseling for families in search of a diagnosis, a listening ear for those receiving a new diagnosis and decision-making counseling for individuals or couples facing choices regarding having another child . She also is available for bereavement counseling. Patients are seen in a private office setting in Needham, Massachusetts.
Listening, Reflecting, HealingSupportive Genetic Counseling 
Find more info here.
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