Real stories

Patients share their experiences


Impacting lives: the Code Talker Award

Invitae honors genetic counselors who have impacted the lives
of their patients by sponsoring the Code Talker Award.
Read the stories honoring the 2018 finalists:

Hannah Scanga (winner)


Read her story

Margaret Au (finalist)

Rare disease

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Lisa Johnson (finalist)

Down syndrome

Read her story

Previous years' winners

Kira Dies (2017)

Rare disease

Read her story

Melanie Hardy (2016)


Read her story

"Because of Ben, we can say our story is one of life, miracles, love, and hope."

Read Diana's story

Watch Becky's story

As an adult, Becky Carter discovered that she had a family history of breast cancer. "When I took the steps to do the testing, I was not fully aware of what the impact would be," she says. "I knew it would make me feel less fearful, but I did not expect the sense of empowerment that came from it."

Finding answers: more real stories about genetic disease

Hope with strength

Primary periodic paralysis

Read Gabriel's story

Finding answers for Ben

Creatine transporter deficiency

Read Ben's story

Is it better not to know?

Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease

Read Bethany's story

Amanda Burris

Breast cancer

Watch Amanda's story

Debbi Crowder


Watch Debbi's story

Ghecemy Lopez

Breast cancer

Watch Ghecemy's story

Watch Liz's story

For Liz Brown, being adopted meant that she always had questions about her health history. Diagnoses for both Liz and her daughter provided an answer to a lifelong question and gave Liz control of her family’s health and future.