IAMA 17 year old boy who has an extremely rare genetic disability
All my life, I have lived with a disability that is so rare, it doesn't have a name. What is known, is that when I was born, I suffered from a chromosomal translocation of chromosomes 2 and 18. This has led to severe deformities on all four of my limbs as well as some complex urinary issues. I have had of 43 reconstructive surgeries on my hands, feet and urinary system, but despite this, I have still made a relative success of my life. Including playing for my county team in Sitting Volleyball, being a drummer, and what I'm most proud of, getting a string of A's in my recent GCSE results. But you didn't come to read about that, so I will explain more about my disability. My condition, has only ever been found in a mouse and a fetus, who unfortunately died at birth. So, it seems I am the only known human being to survive this condition. When I was born, my fingers were completely fused together, and after many surgeries they have become something completely different, something that I can do almost anything with. (you will see pictures of the difference further below.) I am extremely grateful to my doctors, who have worked beyond the limits to work on completely reconstructing my hands. I guess, I could be considered to be their version of 'Frankenstein's monster'! I am now a double amputee, as both my feet were amputated, to create fingers and thumbs. I know they probably won't be reading this, but I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you so much to my doctors for making my life so much easier.
http://imgur.com/a/VCVKT#0 Here is a small photo album, to show you what my disability consists of. You will find pictures of my hands currently. (one is still recovering from recent surgery, so slightly NSFL) There is also a picture that shows my hands and legs about 10 years ago, before the right leg was amputated. And for those that understand, a picture of my very own chromosomes, and the translocation that led to my condition.
http://imgur.com/a/LhgjQ#0 some wanted a full pic, this is me a couple of years ago, with the sea cadets, I'd just won best cadet in the remembrance parade
http://i.imgur.com/ts3NY.jpg Proof photo. As the masses requested
I'll do my best to answer as many questions as I can but there so many. I may not be able to answer all of them. Hope you understand if there is no reply. :)