TS Awareness – Post #4

So there’s a page I ran across on Facebook that listed Ten Things About Turner Syndrome.  I thought I’d use that list to help share some information about Turner Syndrome that others might find interesting or useful to know.

4.  The average height for someone with Turner Syndrome, who has not taken growth hormones, is 4’8. Most people with TS are less than 5’0. Besides for height, people with Turner Syndrome often have no other outward signs

4’8″ is exactly my height and I’m in about the 95th percentile for girls with TS.  And this is without growth hormones.  I think my pediatrician wanted to refer me to an endocrinologist because my height was falling off the bottom of the growth chart for girls without TS.  The only other sign that might have been an alert was that I was 12 years old and had not started my period (which was fine with me).  Short stature is likely the biggest commonality among girls with TS.

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TS Awareness – Post #3

So there’s a page I ran across on Facebook that listed Ten Things About Turner Syndrome.  I thought I’d use that list to help share some information about Turner Syndrome that others might find interesting or useful to know.

3.  People who are missing the X chromosome in some of their cells are said to have “Mosaicism” or “Mosaic Turner Syndrome”.

This is me.  This is why I don’t have the heart and kidney issues many TS girls have.  Think of this as just an extension of the genetic differences between individuals.  Each TS girl is going to differ in some way, especially if she’s Mosaic.

(Sorry for the delay, weekends are busy and I’m off on Mondays right now.)

TS Awareness – Post #2

So there’s a page I ran across on Facebook that listed Ten Things About Turner Syndrome.  I thought I’d use that list to help share some information about Turner Syndrome that others might find interesting or useful to know.

2.  Sex chromosomes are usually expressed as ‘XX’ for female and ”XY’ for male. For most people with Turner Syndrome, their chromosomes are expressed as ‘XO’. Since secondary sex characteristics don’t develop, people with Turner Syndrome are usually female by default.

To rephrase that a bit, development essentially defaults to female due to the “XO” scenario.  TS is a female diagnosis though.  I haven’t done research but I’m sure there’s a male equivalent or something similar.

TS Awareness – Post #1

So there’s a page I ran across on Facebook that listed Ten Things About Turner Syndrome.  I thought I’d use that list to help share some information about Turner Syndrome that others might find interesting or useful to know.

1.  Turner Syndrome (TS) means someone is missing or partially missing their second sex chromosome.

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courtesy of bio3400.nicerweb.com

This picture shows why TS may be referred to as 45XO.  There are two types of TS based on whether or not an individual is missing all or just part of that second sex chromosome.  If she’s missing all, that’s considered Classic TS.  If she’s missing part, that’s considered Mosaic.

DNA is code for how to build or run a human body so it stands to reason that the more of that code that’s missing the more symptoms or manifestations of TS the girl will have.  TS is diagnosed via a DNA test called a karyotype where they kind of map out the chromosomes.

What traits of TS a girl exhibits will depend on what part of the chromosome is missing.  For me, I’m not missing the part with the code for my heart or kidneys that result in those problems.  But I am missing some of the DNA information for height and reproduction.

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Observing Lent… “but I’m not Catholic”…

Sometimes Facebook is a bad influence.  Sometimes it’s a good one.  That’s a whole ‘nother story though.

Sometime between when I got on Facebook and now, I noticed friends who celebrated Lent.  I noticed friends who posted all sort of posts about Lent… what it meant, what they were giving up, scripture.   While I’m not Catholic, it’s been interesting to follow along and read various thoughts on the matter.

Generally speaking, yes, Lent is a Catholic observance.  Others have taken the opportunity to follow the tradition as well over the past several years as well though.  On occasion, I’ve taken the chance to give up something that I felt I needed to.  For me, it was more a “self will” test.  However, the tradition holds that whatever you’re giving up you are to replace with something that will bring you closer to God… i.e. that’s the “mission” of Lent.

I don’t think you’re a horrible Christian if you do or don’t do this.  Honestly, this isn’t something I think “makes” you a Christian but that’s also a ‘nother story.  I can support something that you’re doing to better yourself in some way or that brings you closer to God.  In that manner, sure, I can support Lent.  Again, not following it doesn’t make you a horrible person either.

Anthony and I have are also contemplating doing something other than this.  Giving.  We’re looking at donating to food pantries currently.  There are a lot of ways to dedicate this time and our resources to God.

In thinking on this (am I giving up something for Lent?), I decided that I should give up french fries and hash browns (all variations on that theme).  Why?  Well, they’re not all that beneficial nutrition wise anyways and really just add carbs to whatever the meal is anyways.  Mostly I think I’m choosing this as an exercise in being more aware of what I do.  While this is specifically with what I eat, I can think of plenty of times where I need to be more aware of what I’m doing.  This also expands into needing to be aware of what I’m doing health-wise.  (I also need to get back to exercising, but that’s another story.)

I’ve also been making a valiant effort at reading my Bible from Monday through Friday, which has been a 50-50 success.  I suppose this is my “replacing it with”?  YouVersion has a website and apps where you can find several reading plans or devotionals to follow.  YouVersion has several specifically for Lent that you could start today.  You can also just… well, read the Bible!  (I’ve taken to using the app on my phone during Bible class and services.)  I’m sure there are tons of other options, too.  (I may share a bunch in another blog soon!)