Pardon My Genes
Mette Rose and her husband, the successful designer Søren Rose, are living the dream. Mette is on maternity leave with the couple’s second child, when the two Danes move to New York City, where Søren’s career is taking off. New assignments keep pouring in and the couple decides to stay in the US. Mette works as a journalist, and Søren is expanding his business.
Then the bubble bursts. Their oldest daughter gets diagnosed with a rare disease, uveitis, a painful autoimmune disease which can lead to blindness. Shortly thereafter, their youngest daughter is diagnosed with the same rare disease. As doctors struggle to find a treatment that will put the disease into remission, a battle with the American private healthcare system begins – and also a battle within Mette. Even though she loves her children more than anything, she originally had doubts about whether she should ever have children. She was terrified that she could pass on disease causing genes. There are autoimmune diseases on both her mother’s and father’s side of the family, and Mette was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when she was in her mid twenties. What if Mette has inherited disease-causing genes from both her mother and her father – and has passed this unfortunate cocktail on to her children?