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Have you ever been around an autistic person? Anyone with Marfan syndrome? Turner syndrome? Trisomy 13? Or any person that has genetic disorders?

What do you think of them and how is it affecting their lives?

In general, what do you think of genetic disorders? Discuss anything related.


While you are at it, what if one day, your wife or someone close to you gives birth to a baby with severe Spina Bifida or any very severe and hard-to-cure genetic disorder; miraculously, some awkward mechanism and whatsoever allows the baby to live for 20 - 50 years, but not a very normal life. IF, it is allowed in this situation, you are given the choice of euthanasia or permanently "pausing" the life of this baby, would you or would you let the baby (and yourself, as a parent) live a life of suffering and depression (not necessarily, you could be happy too if you wanted, but I doubt it)?

Posted 10/22/08
Euthanasia.
Moar sex.
Posted 10/22/08
funny thing is. some of those gentic disorders have a good part to them. i think that people have sickle cell are immune to something
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I have brachydactyly type D


(Deformed thumbs)
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DreadDenimPirate wrote:

I have brachydactyly type D


(Deformed thumbs)


As far as I remember, having an extra thumb is a complication of Turner's syndrome. But in your situation, deformed thumbs? How are they deformed?


Your_Typical_Friend wrote:

funny thing is. some of those gentic disorders have a good part to them. i think that people have sickle cell are immune to something


Yes, they are immune to it, or it is less-likely gonna happen to those who have sickle cells. I also forgot. =_= Anyways, sickle cells can crazily damage your body; it can block your blood flow and whatsoever. So, I don't think it's that beneficial.
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mikomiko123 wrote:


DreadDenimPirate wrote:

I have brachydactyly type D


(Deformed thumbs)


As far as I remember, having an extra thumb is a complication of Turner's syndrome. But in your situation, deformed thumbs? How are they deformed?


They're also called "potter's", "murderer's", "hammer", and "toe" thumb. In other words, I have wide thumbs.

Like that^
Posted 10/22/08
The gene pool these days are so fucked up having a genetic disorder is really nothing out of the ordinary. The genetic disorder that lowers sex drive is really a tough one to deal with though...
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mikomiko123 wrote:

Have you ever been around an autistic person? Anyone with Marfan syndrome? Turner syndrome? Trisomy 13? Or any person that has genetic disorders?

What do you think of them and how is it affecting their lives?

In general, what do you think of genetic disorders? Discuss anything related.


While you are at it, what if one day, your wife or someone close to you gives birth to a baby with Trisomy 13; miraculously, some awkward mechanism and whatsoever allows the baby to live for 20 - 50 years, but not a very normal life. IF, it is allowed in this situation, you are given the choice of euthanasia or permanently "pausing" the life of this baby, would you or would you let the baby (and yourself, as a parent) live a life of suffering and depression (not necessarily, you could be happy too if you wanted, but I doubt it)?



Autistic people are very hard to cope with/understand, and no one without special training or an understanding of how they think should take care of them, it's a VERY difficult thing to do, I had to watch my cousin at the age of 15 and he would cry and hit himself, tried to attack my sister so I'd have to lock her up in my room and stay in the living room watching him, he'd throw stuff and cry for hours, I tried everything to calm him down and it wouldn't work, but when his mother came over to pick him up he acted as nothing happened. The most stressful thing I have ever experienced.

EDIT: now he's in highschool and actually able to speak fluent english and even french, he'd used to just spew out gibberish, so autistic people are very different and need special attention and care.
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how deformed of a baby are we talking here?
If I knew I was going to give birth to an extremely deformed baby that can't be safed. I'd probably get an abortion. O___O
Posted 10/23/08

DreadDenimPirate wrote:


mikomiko123 wrote:


DreadDenimPirate wrote:

I have brachydactyly type D


(Deformed thumbs)


As far as I remember, having an extra thumb is a complication of Turner's syndrome. But in your situation, deformed thumbs? How are they deformed?


They're also called "potter's", "murderer's", "hammer", and "toe" thumb. In other words, I have wide thumbs.

Like that^


murderer's thumbs... XD
Posted 10/23/08
Genetic disorders?

**does a quick check on memory bank**

So far, I tend patients with Sickle-cell anemia.
These patients have tendency to be in pain, and they're being remedied by oxygen, more fluid intake, painkillers, and stress-management.
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Posted 10/23/08 , edited 10/23/08

Kippu wrote:

how deformed of a baby are we talking here?
If I knew I was going to give birth to an extremely deformed baby that can't be safed. I'd probably get an abortion. O___O


I changed the question from Trisomy 13 to Spina Bifida. When a baby is born with an abnormality on their spinal cord, it is usually diagnosed as Spina Bifida. Because of this, brain messages cannot travel to the body, thus eventually, that baby will die.

However, surgeries can be done to minimize the damages. You still have to be in crutches/wheelchairs/etc... though.
Posted 10/23/08 , edited 10/23/08
Sickle cell means you are immune to malaria, I'm pretty sure.

Genetic disorders happen. I have an uncle with down syndrome who is almost 50 now and he is the happiest guy I've ever met. I could have all the luck in the world and never live a life as happy as his. So if my grandma had chosen to ctrl + alt + del him back in the day, I think my worldview would be a little darker.

Hey, anybody remember the albino kid who had his own thread here back in the day? Not that albinism is a disorder, but it certainly has to do with genes.
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I have an gentic disorder, Nerurofibromatosis (NF). http://www.nfinc.org/what.shtml
Neurofibromatosis (NF) is a genetic disorder of the nervous system which causes tumors to form on the nerves anywhere in the body at any time. This progressive disorder affects all races, all ethnic groups and both sexes equally. NF is one of the most common genetic disorders in the United States (one in every 3,000 to 4,000 births).

NF1 is what I have but a less serve case than some I have known. I am thankful for at least that.
Personal belief:
For the most part 'natural selection' has come to a halt. Those that in the past would have died or not have made it in society, live to reproduce and pass on the genes. However minor my case may be it will be amplified in the next generation, even more so if it is with someone, known or unknown to them, that has the same condition. I despise the fact that I have it but believe that I somehow have added for the good to those and the world around me.
For the most part I am in pain for most of the day, tumors wrap around my nerves, twisting causing suffering. But this is a genetic disorder and by no means contagious. Some of us may look different or weird but are wonderful people. I would never wish this upon my child though. There are so many genetic faults that mine almost seems trivial compared to them. We cannot let the unknown scary us so badly. Who is to say it is not for the better? We can not say for certain that the world would be better with their absence.
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gopherthegold wrote:
Hey, anybody remember the albino kid who had his own thread here back in the day? Not that albinism is a disorder, but it certainly has to do with genes.


Are you talking about abel89?
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