Feburary is Turner Syndrome Awareness MonthJanuary 30, 2012
February is Turner Syndrome Awareness Month. During February 2012, The Turner Syndrome Society of the US (TSSUS) will launch its second Annual Awareness Campaign: “Celebrating 25 Years and Growing Stronger.”
Turner Syndrome is a chromosomal disorder that affects one in 2,500 female births. It is where a female is missing all or part of the second "X" chromosome. As you may already know my daughter Lily is missing all of her second "X" chromosome and was diagnosed with Turner Syndrome at birth.
Turner Syndrome girls/women are usually of average intelligence, but have a varying set of other conditions such as:
- Delayed puberty
- Heart defects
- Puffy hands and feet
- Kidney, Thyroid and Liver Concerns
- Hearing loss
- Frequent ear infections
- Learning and Social Difficulties
- Short Stature (under 5 feet)
- Many moles
- receding lower jaw
- Low-set ears
- Triangular face
- A webbed neck
Unfortunately, many people, including physicians, are not aware of Turner syndrome and often the diagnosis is missed. Half the girls are not diagnosed until their pre-teens or later. Because of some of the medical issues, early diagnosis is critical. With the help of medical specialists and a good social support system, a woman with Turner Syndrome can live a happy, healthy life
Starting on Wednesday - February 1st - I am dedicating 29 days of blogging to crushing the ignorance of Turner Syndrome in honor of my daughter, Lily. Please join me, find out more about Turner Syndrome, and pass as much information on as you can to your friends, family, the media, business associates, health care professionals, and even strangers! You never know whose life you could affect. Together we can Crush Ignorance of Turner Syndrome!
The information used for this post is taken from the Turner Syndrome Awareness Press Release, put together by TSSUS for Turner Syndrome awareness month.