Genetic Disorder Project

1095 Words Jan 28th, 2018 4 Pages
I had quite a few medical issues and recall being sick or not feeling well quite often. My parents would get worried because they didn’t quite know what was wrong or how to deal with what I was going through. They could tell that something wasn’t right, but they hadn’t encountered a situation like this before so we went to many different doctors in an attempt to figure out what I had. Finally, after many doctors and many tests, they told my parents that I had Wilson’s disease. Being that I was only eight years old at the time, I didn’t know what this meant but my mom suddenly remembered that there was an instance of this disease in the family, with her grandmother struggling from it her whole life. Through the years, I have learned a lot about the condition that I am dealing with. Now, at 34 years old, I have a better understand of exactly what it is. According to research, it is classified as a single gene defect that occurs as a result of a mutated protein. What happens specifically is that there is an abundance of copper, which spreads to different parts of the body such as the liver and the brain. As we know, the liver and the brain are two incredibly important organs in our body, which play a crucial role in how we operate. Therefore the copper has a significant detrimental impact on my overall health and well being. Before I was given the official diagnosis by the doctor, what really…
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