Foo - Beautiful story on autism
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Just read this in The Atlantic. Thought I'd share: Autism's first child (http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2010/10/autism-s-first-child/8227/).
And since I'm sharing amazing long-form stories, here's Frank Sinatra Has A Cold (http://www.esquire.com/features/ESQ1003-OCT_SINATRA_rev_)
WOW, what an amazing article. I forwarded it to a friend of mine who has a child with autism.
09-16-10, 04:01 PM
Very cool story.
On a side note, picked up a "No Kicking Penguins" sticker for the Scoob the other day. :D. I think it's gonna go on the inside trunklid.
My two cousin's families have 3 children with autism - of varying degrees - from severe to slight - their autism is due to the Fragile X gene - and for the heck of it I had myself tested (you know how families like to blame the other for it) - and as it turns out I carry the Fragile X gene - but I have 92 alleles out of 200 - if I had 50 alleles - I would have no symptoms and would most likely not pass it on, 90-150 (or so) I would not have autistic symptoms - but other stuff like premature ovarian failure, perhaps parkinslike disease symptoms, etc and oh yeah - perhaps dimentia. At 200 alleles - I would have been autistic. It does not skip generations, and it mutates. Effing gene. I'm in a long term study for this by the Institute (Embury) who discovered the gene. So far all I have is that I can't have children due to premature ovarian failure. Which is why I'm in a long term study for memory. Autisism sucks. And so does the Fragile X gene. Oh and the fact that families who had pointed their finger at the other (as it must have come from them) have been given a reality check that "no Mom, it came from your side of the family".
Maybe, but it challenges us to become better human beings
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