If you’ve been following me for some time, you might’ve noticed some things that are “different” about me.
Maybe you noticed that I’m tiny. Maybe you noticed that I suck at math. Maybe you noticed that I don’t always immediately respond to non-verbal cues that you think should be obvious to me. If this has ever happened to you, congratulations! You’ve noticed that I have Turner Syndrome.
If you have no idea what Turner Syndrome is, allow me to share notes from Mayo Clinic which explain it. They state, “Turner syndrome, a condition that affects only females, results when one of the X chromosomes (sex chromosomes) is missing or partially missing. Turner syndrome can cause a variety of medical and developmental problems, including short height, failure of the ovaries to develop and heart defects.”
I am what you call a “mosaic” Turner girl. This means that my “symptoms” weren’t immediately obvious until I hit (or didn’t hit) puberty. This is why I wasn’t diagnosed until I was 12-years-old.
February is Turner Syndrome Awareness Month. Before this month comes to an end, I wanted to share my story – what it’s like for me to have Turner Syndrome as a now 30-year-old woman.
The video is below is me telling my story. Give it a watch and subscribe if you haven’t already!
In closing, I want all of my girls affected by this to know, firstly, that they aren’t alone. I want them to know that they are more than their diagnosis. I want them to know that I’m living a completely happy and “normal” life despite having Turner Syndrome.
Turner Syndrome truly does not affect my “daily routine” much at all, and it doesn’t have to. Yes, be mindful of your health checkups, but don’t be a slave to them by getting anxious about results or pending medical transactions. Do you. Take care of you.
I want women who have Turner Syndrome to know that they can very much still kick ass in life, and stay determined.
Go get em’, ladies!