“Carly is 17 years old, and for 10 years we struggled to control her anxiety, ADHD, and depression,” Carly’s mom, Sandy Klein-Mirviss, said. “It had a hugely negative impact on Carly’s quality of life.”
With guidance from Carly’s pediatrician, Sandy and her daughter searched by trial and error for the right medications and doses to control Carly’s mental health condition. Throughout all those years, they never succeeded in finding the right solution for her. In fact, one of the medications Carly tried led to such severe stomach issues that she had to miss a significant amount of her 5th grade, which added even more to her anxiety and learning disabilities.
“It was terrible. And as a parent, it was absolutely devastating to see her suffer and be unable to help her. On top of it all, we have a family history of major depression, so the urgency to find a drug that works for her was heightened all the more.”
“Our pediatrician was excited about the services OneOme offered, and he ordered Carly the OneOme RightMed® comprehensive test.”
Then Sandy found out about pharmacogenomics and how it could help Carly’s pediatrician by predicting which specific drugs would work best for Carly, based on her DNA.
“Our pediatrician was excited about the services OneOme offered, and he ordered the OneOme RightMed® comprehensive test for Carly. The whole process was easy, fast, and affordable. The test kit contained a cheek swab—no blood, no needle, no lab appointment – and detailed step-by-step instructions that were easy to follow. I swabbed Carly’s cheek and sent the sample back to OneOme. The very next day I got an email that OneOme received Carly’s sample.”
Once her pediatrician got the RightMed test results, he reviewed them with Sandy and Carly. Based on the results, Carly’s pediatrician decided to prescribe a medication at an adjusted dose to account for Carly’s reported sensitivity to certain medications.
“The clinical test report was very reader-friendly not only for our pediatrician but also for us.”
“Having this information and experiencing such an improvement in her condition has greatly eased her mind, and we are both so relieved.”
The test results and adjusted medications have made a big difference for Carly.
“The results were just phenomenal. Carly is doing great now. Senior year can be difficult, and she is applying for college, so I would have expected her anxiety to be ramped up right now, but she is doing so much better than she has done in years. The anxiety is obviously there, but it is under control, and she is able to communicate and understand when she is getting upset.”
The change in Carly’s treatment has allowed her to buckle down, focus, and express her feelings. Her mother has noticed a change in her mood; she’s much happier, and her anxiety is regulated for the first time in a very long time.
“Having this information and experiencing such an improvement in her condition has greatly eased Carly’s mind, and we are both so relieved.”
“For your doctor to know what medicines may be best for you and at what doses is truly life-saving.”
As a mother of a teenager and an occupational therapist at a mental health agency, Sandy knows that putting someone on any medication is a huge decision. Knowing which drug will likely work best for a patient’s body, like Carly’s, can save and prevent everything – school failure, medical issues, self-esteem, aggravation, pain, money, and time.
“I really believe it can save lives in so many ways. I feel very strongly that this is the future of medicine and that everyone should have the RightMed test. Everyone should be armed with this information even if they are healthy, because you never know what is going to happen to you. If you get into a cardiovascular issue, a psychiatric issue, an infectious disease, or so many other medical conditions, for your doctor to know what medicines may be best for you and at what doses – to start there – is truly life-saving.”
A Twin Cities TV station, Kare11, visited OneOme's office in Minneapolis to meet Carly's mom, Sandy, and to learn how the RightMed test helped identify the right medications for Carly.