Living with Turner’s Syndrome; by Tracey Connelly

I had known from an early age that I was a Turner’s girl and visiting the hospitals regularly, the doctors and nurses making such a fuss over me I began to see that being a Turner’s girl meant that I was something special. It never occurred to me to me associate it with anything negative. Much of that is praise to how my parents raised me, how my brothers treated me and how the amazing staff at Yorkhill Hospital cared for me.

As I grew older the differences between me and non Turner’s girls became more evident. The moment I was old enough to comprehend I was told exactly what Turner’s Syndrome would mean for me in my adult life. However, I took this all in my stride. After all, it was assumed I wouldn’t be able to attend a mainstream school until I was around six and demonstrated a above average IQ. To me being Turner’s Syndrome was just every bit a part of me as my hair colour or eye colour.

As an adult Turner’s girl I still attend hospital appointments and I as my friends begin families of their own I am content with doting over the nine nieces and nephews that my I have.  Being diagnosed with Turner’s Syndrome  will only change your life as much as you allow it to. The world is forever taking strides forward so who knows what tomorrow can bring.

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