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Alisa BounvichitProfessor SpurlingMCB 2400 002D12 February 2020Homework 1: Mercies in DisguiseReflectionAt the beginning of the book, there one was a quote that stuck with me: “If your family carried a mutated gene that foretold a brutal illness and you were offered the chance to find out ifyou'd inherited it, would you do it? Would you walk toward the problem, bravely accepting whatever answer came your way? Or would you avoid the potential bad news as long as possible?” (Kolata, 2). In Mercies in Disguise, New York Times reporter and bestselling author Gina Kolata tells the story of the Baxleys, a successful family from a small town in South Carolina. Ironically, this family full of highly qualified doctors are struck by an enigmatic disease that no one seems to know what it is. Kolata portrays the Baxleys’ story in dealing with this disease through the lens of a family that took matters into its own hands. Mercies in Disguiseis a story of a family that had to deal with an indescribable tragedy but still held their close knit bond together the whole way.In Mercies in Disguise, readers are left muddled as to what the mysterious disease that has impacted the Baxley family is. First, we are led to believe it is Parkinson's disease but symptoms of Alzhemiers were also present. Throughout the book, tests have ruled out both possibilities, so what is it? The disease that affected the Baxleys became formally known as