I'm doing it again, because it's that time of the year again.
October is the awareness month for many things, and one of them, is Rett Syndrome. Before we go any farther, take a look at this adorable little girl of mine who lives with the effects of Rett every day.
Another one? Okay, if you insist!
Now that we have that out of the way, I'm going to explain Rett Syndrome for those of you who haven't seen my posts before. If you do not care, stop reading here, and make sure to reply, and tell me just how much you don't care; I like free bumps. <3
Rett Syndrome is caused by a mutation in the X chromosome, and is completely random. It can happen in any family, and does not discriminate based upon race or nationality. It is most often caused by a mutation in a single sperm.
Because it is an X related disorder, and most often comes from the sperm, it predominantly affects girls. Boys who are affected rarely live beyond their first birthday.
Girls with Rett Syndrome are born appearing perfectly healthy. They learn to talk, many learn to walk, and everything seems fine. Then, when they are 6-18 months old, things begin to change.
They lose their words, ability to control their hands, begin to have seizures, and some lose the ability to walk.
50% cannot walk
99% have no speech.
80% have seizures
80% develop scoliosis.
Unfortunately, there is also a shortened life span.
They depend upon their parents/caregivers for full care in every aspect of life, from feeding to diaper changes.
Despite all of this, Rett parents remain hopeful. Scientists have made great strides, and have even reversed symptoms in mice. We hope that one day, we'll be able to hear our little ones talk again, and no longer watch them suffer from seizures, breathing issues, frequent pneumonia, and a myriad of other health issues.
For more information, you can visit
or, watch this video I had made about my daughter four years ago. I'm aware of the glitch in the video (it's new), and of my one typo.
And if you want to see her in action... here she is, deliriously happy, on the way home from the dentist.
"What is a man, if chief good, and market of his time be but to sleep and feed? A beast, no more." Hamlet