October 14, 2015
Rett Syndrome is a genetic neurologoical disorder that primarily impacts females and appears after 6 to 18 months of early normal development. Most often misdiagnosed as autism, cerebral palsy, or non-specific developmental delay, Rett Syndrome is the leading cause of severe impairment in girls – occurring worldwide in 1 of every 10,000 female births.
The cause of Rett Syndrome was discovered in 1999. A gene called MECP2 produces a protein in the brain, which controls thousands of other genes. Those girls who develop Rett Syndrome have a mutation on this gene and cannot produce enough protein to function normally. This lack of protein causes problems in brain functions that are responsible for cognitive, sensory, emotional, motor and autonomic functions such as learning, speech, sensory sensations, mood, movement, breathing, cardiac function, and even chewing, swallowing, and digestion. Those diagnosed with Rett Syndrome require maximum assistance with even the most basic daily activities.
This October, we at Epic Health Services join the countless families, individuals, caregivers, researchers, educators, and organizations working to continue to raise awareness and advocate for those dealing with Rett Syndrome. It is our continued mission to assist families living with Rett Syndrome – providing them with the services, support, and information to help them from diagnosis to day-to-day life.
“Rett Syndrome organizations across the world are uniting in October 2015 to tell the world about how much progress is being made toward finding an effective treatment- and ultimately a cure- for Rett Syndrome. We are coming together to explain WHY we all give so much to turn this dream into a reality. Let’s make this October a month in which people are inspired to learn more, give more and develop a lasting connection to this life-changing cause.” –http://www.wwyg.org
This month is dedicated to raising awareness. Join the global campaign and help spread the word about Rett Syndrome!