Carissa for Turner Syndrome
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About this cause:
My name is Carissa and I have a genetic disorder called Turner Syndrome. There are two different types of Turner: Classic and Mosaic. With the Classic kind, an X chromosome is completely missing. With the Mosaic kind, a complete X chromosome is only missing from some cells. I have the Mosaic type. My family found out when I was 3-1/2 years old, after karyotype testing. They shared concerns about my height with my doctor and he reluctantly ordered the testing as to that point I had no health issues other than frequent ear infections. This brings me to the part where I explain a little bit about the disorder. It is not such a well-known syndrome, and maybe you know a girl/woman with Turner, but you might not know what it entails or what they are dealing with. First of all, 1 in 2,000 females (only females can have it) are effected by Turner’s. However, when you take into consideration the fact that 2-3% of fetuses with it survive to term, you realize that it touches the lives of many more people than 1 in 2,000.