What does it mean to be a woman living with one X chromosome, or in other words, Turner Syndrome? Speaker Karen A. Freedle, MD MPH, could give you descriptive insight because she has this disease.
Turner Syndrome is a genetic alteration where women who lack the presence of an X chromosome are unable to physically develop properly. The abnormality has to be treated with estrogen therapy treatments. At this time, there is no cure.
The Women and Gender Studies Conversations Series were presented on Feb. 17. The series took place in the Blue Room, located in Sam Fore Hall.
The series was about “Disability and Femininity”, especially about Turner Syndrome. Freedle knows exactly what this syndrome is about from her personal experience.
Students and faculty were able to attend to the event, as well as participate in a question and answer segment after the presenter finished her lecture.
This allowed spectators to learn more about this disease. All the people who attended were able to know more about Turner Syndrome.
“The event was interesting. Dr. Karen A. Freedle was vibrant and bouncy. She had a lot of information to share, backed up anecdotally and statistically. Kept my attention the whole time,” said Andrew Garza, Political Science and Business Management major.
William Wright, a business major knows much more of this topic because his wife had Turner Syndrome too.
“ I’ve been there with someone that has Turner Syndrome for 20 years so I know just about everything that she was talking [about], but is nice to hear somebody else because they can understand, it is a lot of things, it is a disability and people can understand of what [this is],” Wright said.
Charles Tandy, a mechanical engineering major said that this event was important for students and the community because he has never heard of this syndrome before.
The Women and Gender Studies Conversation takes place every month in the same place, with different topics of discussion and different speakers.
For more information, on the series contact: Susan Roberson at (361) 593-2012 or [email protected]