Thursday, 10 March 2011
My daughter & I. She has a rare chromosome disorder - 1q21.1 micro-deletion
My daughter, Chrissy, is 27. She has autism, epilepsy, extreme mood swings, & learning disabilities. For years the cause of her problems was unexplained. Then in 2006 we had a breakthrough. New genetic testing technology revealed that Chrissy had a tiny bit missing from one of her chromosomes - a so-called micro-deletion. It occurred spontaneously (no one else in the family has it). When I still believed Chrissy's condition was unique I wrote about her in my book: Bringing up A Challenging Child at Home: When Love is not Enough, published by Jessica Kingsley. I have also had features published about Chrissy in the Daily Mail, Mirror, Community Care, Disability Now & Woman Magazine.