A Turner Syndrome Advocacy Volunteer Shares Her Story
My name is Kym and I was diagnosed with Turner Syndrome at 16 years old. I was born the youngest of six with my twin brother in 1971. Growing up I showed some signs of Turner Syndrome, but doctors never put it together. I was always the shortest in my class, had a webbed neck, and experienced hearing problems.
At 16, my mom was concerned about my growth and puberty. I had a DNA test, which finally confirmed my Turner Syndrome. It was scary at first not understanding Turner Syndrome and being a teenager. Luckily, I learned quickly not to let it stop me. Meeting others with Turner Syndrome helped me as well. I went to college got my BA and Masters in Counseling.
I am currently a retired teacher and a volunteer advocate for the Turner Syndrome Foundation in my home state of New Jersey. We were instrumental in getting a bill passed that made February Turner Syndrome Awareness Month in New Jersey. I phoned, emailed, and even testified in front of the NJ Senate. Currently, I volunteer by talking with others about Turner Syndrome for the TSF.
I want every Turner Syndrome baby to have the advantages I didn’t have due to my late diagnosis. I have a passion for awareness and hope to help girls receive a much earlier detection. It is rewarding to help others.
Like Kym, you can be the change and influence the future of Turner Syndrome care. The easiest way to get involved is by making a donation today. Your support allows TSF to continue offering support and resources to volunteers like Kym who are dedicated to making a difference.