Don't Be Discouraged; Live Your Spectacular Life!
I was diagnosed back in 1997 when not much was known about Turner syndrome. I did receive a prenatal diagnosis while doctors were looking for a heart defect my father had. Because not much was known, and what was known was not good, doctors gave me a very poor prognosis and my parents were told to abort me. I grew up in a very loving and supporting family. I want to take a moment to speak to the parents out there, thank you, I can't imagine how terrifying it is to have someon
Cream of the Crop
We're the Cream of the Crop, One out of every 2,000 are we (at least that’s the number given to me). Each unique in her own way with her own special qualities. We meet at conventions, locally, internationally. We gather, showing the world our pride. Greeting old friends, meeting new ones, worldwide. We learn of new inventions, new miracles, the "state of the art." And families, parents, and spouses attend. They give moral support. Not many know us, though, accept that we are
There Were Tears, Mostly of Joy
We all live life with mysterious circumstances... why am I this or that... The chief mystery in my daughter's life has found a name - Turner syndrome. I'm the mother of a daughter, Noel Chandler, who turns 50 this year. As a child she was shorter than her classmates. My mother was 4' 11", so what's the big deal there? The women in my family had irregular periods, so I didn’t think much about it when Noel experienced that. She had frequent ear infections and is the only one of
I Enjoy the Bond We "Butterfly Sisters" Share
I am one in 2,000. I am one of the 2 percent of babies with Turner syndrome who are born alive. My TS story actually starts before I was diagnosed. In my 10th grade biology textbook, there was a section about Turner syndrome. It explained that TS is a condition affecting only females where they are missing all or part of one of their X-chromosomes. It listed some characteristics: “short stature,” I thought that sounded like me. “Lack of development of secondary sexual charact