Kalene Szymczak January 22, 2000 Adv. Biology

Kalene Szymczak January 22, 2000 Adv. Biology Turner Syndrome Turner’s Syndrome- (Webster’s definition) A chromosomal disorder resulting in a syndrome characterized by specific dysmorphic features (short stature) and organ malformations (gonadal dysgenesis) Turner’s Syndrome- (Anastasia and Rosebud’s def.) “It’s something that makes me different from other people. It’s something that I’m proud of, and ya know what? I have a pretty normal life.” When I was assigned this report, I decided to do a little more than the average person does. When I was doing all of the research, I wondered what it would be like to have TS. Well, through the wondrous powers of the Internet, I was able to take a peek at TS by talking to two young women who have it. What did they have to say? Suprizingly, they were extremely open and happy. These girls were full of life and weren’t letting TS get to them. Anastasia is 11(from Cincinnati, Ohio), and Rosebud (screen name) is 24, from Minnesota. Anastasia was diagnosed when she was 4 months old. She commented, “It’s really not that bad once you get use to it.” As a young child, she always is picked on about her shortness. However, she wanted to make it quite clear that she was only picked on about her shortness, and not her TS. Anastasia is in the 6th grade, (Caucasian) and wants to become famous. She takes GH shots to help her growth and shouted to the chat room, “I have TSand I’m proud of it!!” Rosebud is 24, Caucasian, and single. She was diagnosed when she was 11. She comments that, “I would have to say that I’ve had a pretty normal life.” Rose bud was never teased as a child or as an adult. Children don’t really know about TS, but her playmates never made fun of her. Rose also took GH shots when she was younger to help her with the TS, but she doesn’t take them anymore Turner’s Syndrome is a rare chromosomal disorder of females (1:2500) characterized by short stature and the lack …

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