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Posted 12/2/10
i've seen first hand what severe genetic disorders have done to kids [physically], i have to say if i knew my child was going to have anything like the kids i've seen have, i would have to "let it go" ...theres no way i could let my child go through what they do, it makes me upset just thinking about it.


As for my general thoughts on it, i have a younger sister whos severely autistic, so that aspect is kinda normal to me as i grew up with that around me? either way, something like that doesn't bother me at all.
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Both my elder brothers have Aspergers Syndrome, one more so than the other. Asperger's is almost the same as Autism
The brother that has it the heaviest always seemed to just be trying to be difficult, or piss you off =___= It's weird, but now I I've noticed I have a great tolerance for people xD

But both my brothers have girlfriends now, one of them is engaged and I don't think you could tell they have it really. He still talks forever about all these things that seem pointless, but I'm used to it xD
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Posted 12/2/10

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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


Probably already been posted, but it's malaria. That's why that kind of anaemia is fairly common in Africa.
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Posted 12/2/10

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^


Lol I don't consider it a deformity o.o. My grandmother had it, my mom has it on both hands, I have it on my right xD
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General rule for me is no to euthanasia. Who am I to take away life? Do I know if God will heal the person? At any case, I will try my best to care for them.
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Posted 12/2/10
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Posted 12/2/10

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


People with one copy of the gene are resistant to malaria.

Anyway, everyone has genetic mutations. Most aren't even harmful. I have heterochromia (my eyes are two different colors).

As for those with harmful diseases...it depends on the disorder whether I would abort the baby or not. A baby with Down's syndrome, for example, I would keep. If a baby had Tay Sachs, though, for example (a disease which keeps the brain from absorbing certain lipids. These individuals usually die by their fifth birthday), I would probably abort it.
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Posted 12/2/10

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? .




I have a friend who has spina bifida and that hasn't affected her life all that much. She's only 16 and she's competing internationally in swimming, she went to Canada a couple of months ago to compete in an international circuit and came first in two of three of her heats.

I've got VWD and genetic disorders don't usually mean that people are hindered in any way, my friend is a living proof of that/green]
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Posted 12/2/10

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


People with sickle cell anemia have a very strong resistance to Malaria.

The woman in my icon is a poster child for a parent giving a genetic disease to their kids.
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Posted 12/5/10

La0soulja wrote:


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.


I think that too many people are stereotypical when it comes to autism, even when they've had experience. Autism is what's known as a spectrum disorder where there can be high
(high-functioning) and low (asperger syndrome), ones with a low case usually don't need special attention.I myself have a very mild case in where i can keep my emotions in check and most people are able to understand what i say.

I'm sorry if i come out angry
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Posted 12/6/10
I'm actually planning on studying a Bachelor of Education for Special Needs, will tell you in 4 years time all about genetic disorders
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i know a guy who's on the austic and learning difficulties spectrum, but he is above average intelligence and he views high functioning autism as a positive for him, because it means he excels at certain practical tasks.
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24 / F / Inverness, Scotland.
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Posted 12/6/10
A few years ago I did Work Experience in high school. I looked after Autistic kids. It was pretty fun...but there was this one kid who couldn't speak english words but he used to make noises that you'd hear out of horror movies. I had fun though, the kids weren't too bad I have to say. A friend of mine from high school also had Asperger's, but he just didn't like looking people in the eyes. He was pretty normal otherwise.
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my Cousin suffers from autism, but not the severe kind;
He learned to multiply up to tables of 5
Most people can't tell until he asks the same question twice....
But getting him laid is quite the challenge, I tend to notice he has wants of a grown man and nowhere to turn to.
It can't be healthy to teach him masturbation, it could turn into compulsively disordered behavior.
I wish I had enough money to have a clean working lady take care of him as a wife would and buy them a farm to live and work self sufficiently.


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Posted 12/6/10 , edited 12/6/10
My sister has schizo-affective disorder. I believe that every person in society has value, and I would keep any baby I was blessed with! (((((HUGS))))) sandi

ETA that I also worked in an adjustment and training center for adults after high school long, long ago....
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