“HAHAHAHA WHATS WRONG WITH YOUR FACE ?” ” WHY ARE YOU SO SKINNY ” ” WHY ARE YOU TEETH SO SMALL AND SPREAD OUT ?” These are just some the things my host has to here many times through there life . You might recognize those symptoms as me ! What am I you ask , I am Williams Syndrome . I am caused by deletions of 26 + genes on one copy of a individual chromosomes #7 , witch means there is a additional genetic material near the elastic gene on chromosome #7. I have manny effects on my host . The most common one is i make my host have a characteristic facial appearance , most young host living with me are described as having very similar facial features .These include a small up turned nose , long philtrum ( also known as the upper lip length ) , wide mouth , full lips , small chin , puffiness around the eyes .Even blue and green eyed children will me have a prominent ” starburst ” or a white lacy pattern on there iris . When growing older these facial features become more apparent with age. The majority of individuals living with me also experience problems with heart and blood vessel problems , typically narrowing in the aorta producing supravacular aortic stenosis ( SVAS ) , or narrowing in the pulmonary arteries .There is a broad range in the degree of narrowing , ranging from trivial to severe ( requiring surgical corrections of the defect ) . Since there is an increased rick for development of the blood vessel narrowing or high blood pressure over time . Witch means periodic monitoring of cardiac status is necessary . Another problem I cause my host to have is feeding problems . Most infants with me have this problem have been linked to low muscle tone , severe gag reflexes , poor suck and swallow ,tactile defensiveness etc. Feeding difficulties tend to resolve as the children get older.One of the last affects im going to list that I have on my host is Kidney abnormalities witch means there is a slightly increased frequency of problems with kidney structure and/or function. My host life is also affected in so many other ways good and bad .Host living with me are very social , and friendly and endearing .Many parents like to say living with a child with Williams Syndrome brings Joy to there lifes , and there special personality and perseverance makes dreams come true ! Host living with me also have a very strong connection with music , for most there is a passion for music that in itself can create a passion to enrich there lifes . For some the passion blooms into a passion that helps cary out into other areas . When being grown up and living with me there isn’t a limitation of what i can and cant do , many living with me do work around in there communities as paid workers or even volunteer , working in restruants , senior centres ,and assisted living facilities, in libraries . No matter what my host maybe be doing , they are having a impact and a unique ability to quite naturally brighten anyones day of those around them !
What questions did I need to Research In order to create my story ?
What is Williams Syndrome ? What affects does it have ? Is it common ? How do those living with Williams syndrome do day to day things ? What causes someone to have Williams syndrome ? How do they react around other kids and/or people ?
What new familiar Digital tools did I use as I worked through this project ?
I sourced my sites , reported all the information i found right into my post .I also used many sites on the Williams syndrome I had no clue existed
What was the process did I use to Investigate the topic ?
I first needed to find out exactly what Williams syndrome is , once i found out i needed to know the background on it and how it effected those living with it .I needed to know what exactly what causes this syndrome .
How did I verify and cite the information I found ?
I made sure the site was not a question site where anyone can put in comments , and was legit. I looked around manny websites to make sure the information i found is correct .
How did the process of completing this challenge go? What could I have done better .
At first I was very confused on what was being asked to complete this but i ended up reading it over and understanding it. I think i could’ve done a better job sitting my sources and working on my grammar and punctuation . Otherwise I think I did a very good job explaining my Genetic Mutation ,and making sure I covered everything that was asked .