What is 22q in layman's terms?

A friend of mine asked me what is 22q in laymans terms with out the medical mumbo jumbo

I thought I would share a great discription to help everyone else understand because after all that’s what Bella and I have. I also have a father who has 22q, 3 siblings one of whom passed away from it. I have seen the good the bad and the ulgly side of the syndrome. when you get a confirmation and diagonses there are a lot of fears and worries about the unknown.

22q in layman’s terms is a small segment piece of dna that is missing on the q arm band on the 22q chromozone. Much like Down syndrome is an addition chromozone I believe on chromozone 23 correct me if I’m wrong there but 22q is not visable where down syndrome is. 22q is a total total body disorder that affects from head to toes. Your primary doctor will talk with you and might even not be totally understanding of what 22q is. I have run into many ER drs who didn’t know 22q or Digeorge was such a thing. some have heard of Digeorge because it is just briefly touched upon in med school if it is at all.

Genetics specialist is the first kind of you will see they will inform you of the risk if you have a child with 22q there is a 50/50 chance of them passing 22q on to their child. If you have 22q there is the same 50/50 chance of it being passed on. That’s how it occured in our family case.

ALL of us every single last one of us was tested (cost isn’t an issue with genetic testing in Canada where I was born and raised and tested) the doctors here didn’t want to test right at birth for the new born stuff when I had bella at helen devo childrens. I’m glad to have bene able to be one of the few adults they had in the hospital that gave birth to a child with the same genetic disorder. I’m kinda like this freak of nature you can’t stop staring at that is only after I tell you I have 22q. Other wise you would think I was just blessed with a good set of genes that make me appear younger then I am

Digeorge Syndrome is a small piece of dna that effects the total body. There are many other names the doctors who first discovered it had their egos get in the way and the history of people arguing over who knows more still plagues the 22q community as we try to get the same name.. Velocardiofacial syndrome, Digeorge syndrome Digeorge sequence, VCFS, Crainofacial anomally, contourial, cateye syndrome, obz and the list can go on.The main take away is you grasp that it’s on the 22 q arm band a small piece of dna. now some people have it all missing some of fragraments which is another blog posts for another day. I’m just putting what is 22q in layman terms for my readers who asked me to make it simple to understand as I have much more detailed in the what is 22q ? page. infact when you google what is 22q my blog is one of the many that pop up. I’m kinda proud and in aw of that at the same time

This results in develmental issues in the body’s system. Chromozones are our body’s instruction ools and with the small piece of dna missing it’s like our body is a product from Ikea and the last part you need to make it all fit together is missing.

The number one issue is hypocalciuma if your baby is blue chances are it’s 22q. If there are feeing issues chances are it’s 22q if there are heart defects it’s 22q.

All of which Bella and I both have among many others but not all of our issues are a result of 22q you have to play game of genetics 101 and not forget where our roots are from we are products of our parents creation weather we like to think so or not. My fathers and mothers family dna plays a roll in the case of me it was my father that tested positive where my mother did not. A lot of men are the moncho men kind and refuse genetic testes which is why it’s not common for it to come up in familys. There are very few family’s where everyone is tested and only 1 person has it truly only one person has it. My symptoms are so mile dit went unnoticed until I was 23 and getting married it was a last ditch effcort for my family to tell me to get tested as they thought that alone would scare me into not having a family of my own. now for some it does and that’s your personal choice. My self I choose life.

I chose to share my life stories with all of you and my hope is that none of you fear the unknown like I had to face alone.

thanks so much for the support

How to handle doctors visits with special needs kids like a boss! or our trip to U of M

 Hello everyone,

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I am going to dive right into this one as I am excited to share the news.

 The reason for the doctors visit is Bella has 80% hypers-nasal speech means when she speaks air goes up her nose is what the test showed at the last doctors visit.  

In Aug, in fact, we were scheduled to go ahead and correct this issue she has with air by fat graphing which involves fat from some part of Bella (I wasn't sure where they were going to find any fat on her)  I was wondering if we should wait it out until she passes puberty or just go ahead and do it now and get it over with.

The speech doctor at the clinic had to perform her speech test on Bella by asking Bella to say funny sounding sentences. Bella had to say words while pinching her nose, followed by the breath o her breathing on(magic mirror thing a ma jigger) I am not sure what it was called but it goes under Bellas' nose and you can tell if there is air in the mirror if it clouds up or not. Bella had no air on the mirror this time.  Last time the mirror was all cloudy.

Bella then had to sit with a fun looking space helmet on her head and speak into a sensor while she said the same funny worded sentences. Bella scored a perfect normal on the test. 4 times. Normal from 80% is something only short of a Miracle.

I don't even think it sunk in yet. Bella was thrilled and thankful that Bella did not have to have a camera go down her nose into the back of her throat.   It was a shock to both of us no surgery needed  Bella will go back for a team visit soon as they can fit us in to talk to the team about our next treatment plans.

Below is some info on what Velopharyngeal or for short Vpi is

 

 

 

 

 

Bella playing in the play area on the 8th floor after to burn off her energy before we headed home

 

I know I asked all of you to visit my website to hear about this trip because it is such great news it was difficult to talk to 100 different people and I can not keep up with that many questions. If you do have any questions feel free to leave a comment on the blog in the comment section below. 

Thank you for reading. Bella looks forward to seeing your likes, comments, and shares and she said she is super excited she does not have to have surgery.  Bella is a 10-year-old girl with 22q and cerebral palsy. I am a mom who also has 22q. This is our journey and I am sharing to help others out there not feel so alone.   Don't forget if you like it subscribe (Purple button top right of the homepage)

Until next time take one second at a time.

 

What is life like for an Adult living with 22q vcfs digeorge syndrome?

What life is like living with Velocardiofacial syndrome called 2q11.2 deletion syndrome Digeorge

I was born on February 10 1983. My husband is 11 years older than I am. We met online through a mutual friend 11 years ago and last Feb 23rd we celebrated 11 years being together. Dec 29 we celebrated 8 years of marriage. Husband is 44 and has three teens entering adult hood. Adam and I have an 9-year-old girl named Bella. Just giving detail as my story continues.... it is the numbers that shouldn’t matter that do matter. Let me explain that living with velocardiofacial syndrome, a mild form of it, has its moments that make me wonder often why me? My young appearance is one of the things about the disorder I would like to change.

Adam and I went shopping for clothes for my 16 years old step son. We also picked up a few things for our 9 year old. At check out the cashier, an older lady, looked at me and felt I needed to be informed of my misfortune of looking too young to have given birth to an 9 year old! If her jaw could have hit the floor it would have when I handed the lady the sizes of boys pants and explained who these were for. I think she might have had a heart attack from disbelief or she thought I was making up stories. Then lady notices my husband coming to the register with more items. Cashier lady had a conversation with my husband while he was picking out boy’s clothes earlier and it clearly didn’t face her we were a couple! I was picking up girl clothes on the other end of the store. I wonder why she didn’t feel the need to inform him of how young he looked or even mention how young I looked to him? 

Not only did cashier lady feel the compulsive need to inform me of how I am too young looking to have even been a mom, she was shocked I managed to get married too.... In her good for you tone.... I kept quiet. 

I was rather calm about this moment then I have been in the past when others have said the same thing to me. I can tell you I have been there and done this before... oh I am so tired of it all the time.

Many times different people told me l will appreciate it when I am in my 30s. Here I am not appreciating any of this! Not at all. When does grey hair and wrinkles start? and how long before I start to age? I used to get teased in school too for looking younger.

I also have said something snappy in the past and would have asked for an apology.... I did not say any of those things. Instead the me today at 33 has dealt with others before who felt the compulsive need to inform me of how young I look. I remind myself to relax because I look young and it could be worst... I could always have had no ears to hear this lady.

So…
This time my response to her was: That is how life works! Funny, isn’t it? How I am not formed to fit your image.

I left with the lady to ponder what the ?

I was un effected, I didn't allow it to ruin my day like comments would have in the past. I’m liking this confident me.

Numbers do matter when you have a genetic disorder as an adult. I have 22q velocardofacial syndrome and not everyone I meet needs to be informed of my genetic disorder because it is not what or who I am. I didn't tell her: 'oh it’s my missing chromosome making me look young...'. I wasn't ever going to run into this lady again. I don't plan on returning to the store either.

I blog and help others but I personally am not branded with 22q across my forehead. I am so much more! 

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