So...Um...What is Cri du Chat anyways??
Cri-du-chat (CdC) Syndrome, also known as 5p- (5p minus) syndrome, is a rare chromosomal condition (1 in 50,000) that results when a piece of chromosome 5 is missing. Due to a differently shaped larnyx, infants with this condition often have a high-pitched cry that sounds like that of a cat, hence the imaginative name :)
There are some distinguishing features that include beautifully wide set eyes that leave a sweet little kiss spot on the forehead, a smaller jaw that allows for a nibbly chin that gets the best giggles and the sweetest ears that may have a fold allowing our sweet kids to slightly resemble Legolas (okay, not really...but they are just as magical!). Low muscle tone will allow for the gentlest and warmest touches that get all the feels going in your heart.
The cleverness and mischieviousness of kids with CdC cannot be denied and they will learn differently than their peers allowing for creative ways to communicate and navigate the world around them.
Like many disorders, CdC has a vast spectrum and, of course, no two kids are alike. What family members of people with CdC know is that they will open up a place in your heart that allows for more compassion, love and light to shine through.
The vast majority of cases of Cri du Chat are not inherited - a random, spontaneous blessing is what we say!!
In describing CdC this way, we are deciding not to buy into the common negative discourse around rare diagnoses that paints a sad, scary and dark picture for the lives of those affected. We are not making light of any challenges that people may face and know that we are all in this together if we are to truly support one another. We believe that CdC has blessed our lives and makes the world a brighter and happier place to live in.
We are Cri du Chat proud!!!