I am still amazed that I lived 30+ yrs before I ever heard of Fragile X. My brother and I both have the full mutation, and my mom is a carrier. Scott is severely affected, and mom and I both struggle with the shyness and anxiety that are common in female carriers of FX.
The first time I read about it,(when they were testing my son for it) I knew it was our answer. It explained so much in our family - described Scott perfectly, as well as the shyness in my mom and I, the flat feet, ear infections, and the early menopause my mom experienced. Why had we never heard of it?
Why have so many people never heard of it? Even doctors, when I mention it to them, don't know what it is. It is the most common inherited cause of cognitive impairment, and the most common known cause of autism. 1 in 200-300(the number varies depending on who you talk to) women are carriers. When will the day come when we don't get the response "fragile what?'