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Everyone is Wonderfully Different by Melissa Olmsted

My name is Melissa Olmsted, and I am 52 years old. I was diagnosed at the age of 5 after two years of my mom taking me to doctors, being put through a multitude of tests, and then eventually meeting a new pediatrician who ordered genetic testing done. The answer finally came. I had Turners syndrome (TS).

I like to think of myself as more than my genetic condition. Though, I have definitely been shaped by it. I am musical, enjoy cooking, hiking, and love being with my friends and family. I have a Master’s Degree in teaching and currently direct a children and family ministry program for a church. I am a daughter, sister, aunt, and friend.

I had a coarctation of the aorta surgery at age 5. I wear hearing aids due to the scarring from the multiple tubes I had placed in my ears. I did not have growth hormones, but reached the height of 5 feet. My brothers are 6’4 and 6’5 …LOL There is definitely a height difference.

I take medicine for my thyroid, blood pressure, and a blood thinner. While I did struggle a bit academically in school, I found my passion working with children and being an advocate for them. As I said earlier, TS has definitely shaped me. Turner’s syndrome has given me empathy. I recognize that everyone is wonderfully different and unique, and bring their own special gifts to the world!


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