5 replies on “T21Mom – Episode 12 : Talking Translocation with Jenna”

  1. Jenna, you did an amazing job explaining the Translocation Kingston has. Please continue to inform everyone that a diagnosis of Downs Syndrome is not the end all diagnosis. You and your family are blessed with the addition of Kingston.

  2. Thank you so much Debbie! Yes, Jenna did a fantastic job of explaining Kingston’s translocation and it just made so much sense-better than anything I’ve read or come across. It was wonderful to have her on and sharing her experience and how Down syndrome is not scary and how knowing they could have another child with DS, it doesn’t matter!

  3. Our son David, who recently died just one month shy of his 60th birthday, was born in 1959 with Down Syndrome. A couple of doctors from U of Portland Medical School came to Boise and did genetic studies on our entire family. I am the carrier, my mother and sister were carriers, one of my aunts who never had kids was a carrier, and my mom’s 2 other sisters were not. David’s was diagnosed as Translocation. Our only other son is not a carrier. David had a great life, but cause of death was Alzheimer’s related .
    All of this research was done around 1972.

    1. Thank you so much for your comment and I am so sorry to hear of your son’s recent passing. My mom also had Alzheimer’s, and it’s hard. How amazing back in the 70’s they even did that kind of testing! As Jenna talks about in her episode, even today doctors are misinformed that DS can be inherited. Was there a reason they tested your family-is it because they discovered first he had a translocation? Because as I learned from Jenna, inherited translocation is quite rare, so I’m surprised to hear back then they knew much about it and tested for it. I am so happy to hear that your son had an amazing life-something that I am striving for with Ainsley. Again, my condolences to you and your family for the passing of your son.

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