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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Whole exome sequencing results

Since everyone has been asking about the results of Bailey's Whole Exome Sequencing that was done in February I decided to post here.

We were not expecting results until July so I was surprised when I heard from our Geneticist that results were back. NIH and Children's National are working together to decipher all of the results and they have requested the extended copy so we do not know everything just yet.

What I do know is that Bailey has mutations her TTN gene which would explain the congenital myopathy (muscle issues). A TTN gene provides instructions for making a very large protein called titin. This protein plays an important role in muscles the body uses for movement and in heart muscles. With these mutations it is documented it can cause fatal heart problem and respiratory failure. Bailey's heart has been checked and is perfectly fine as of now but they want to be proactive and monitor her heart every 6 months now. She has asthma but Pulmonary will probably be keeping a close eye on her as well. With these mutations it does not explain her hypoglycemia/metabolic crashes and they are not sure if it explains the extreme fatigue or not. They are working hard as a team to get everything they can out of the results they have. We do not have a definitive diagnosis but we are getting somewhere. This is the biggest clue we've ever had!! There is alot more from the results that they want to discuss with me at a face to face meeting but this is the main thing they have been looking at. Addison is going to have a Genetic evaluation at that meeting as well.

Bailey's Geneticists says Bailey deserves the very best from them and that Bailey is making sure they all get smarter during the process! She said Bailey is Bailey and she has made a group of doctors really come together to try to help her.

I'm trying to stay optimistic right now. I'm not going to think of all the things that could potentially happen or that are happening to my sweet girl. I'm going to take her to the beach for 6 days and then I'll deal with everything head on!

Thanks for all of the continued support during this journey! We couldn't get through life without the support of our family and friends!

"Fall into me, my arms are open wide and you don't have to say a word cause I already see that it's hard and you're scared and you're tired and it hurts and I wanna be the one you reach for first."