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Turner's Syndrome - Ruth and Alan

I was diagnosed with Turner’s syndrome when I was about 13, and as soon as my parents explained the condition I put two and two together and asked if that meant I couldn’t have children. Even though I was only young I knew that I wanted children when I was older.

I remember feeling empty when it was confirmed to me that I would never have my own child. I know that my parents have always felt guilty for my condition, despite me reassuring them that it was not their fault. For ages after I remember feeling that every woman I saw in the street was pregnant, and feeling hurt that it would not happen for me.