CASTINE—When a doctor says the words “genetic disorder” and “lifelong diagnosis” about a child, it can cause even the strongest of people and families to lose hope for a normal life.
Tough as it has been, 14-year-old Kelsey Carter never backed down from the fight. The Blue Hill resident and George Stevens Academy freshman has lived with an unnamed, rare genetic disorder that has caused physical, mental and emotional issues, and multiple medical conditions. She and her parents, Jackie and Paul, and her sisters, have traveled around the country for testing, visits with various doctors, and consultations, all without answers. Carter was finally diagnosed four years ago, with a genetic defect called 7q 11.23 duplication syndrome.
“This means that on her seventh chromosome, the lower portion, she has a section of extra DNA pieces,” said Jackie. “Instead of one set from mom and one set from dad, she has a whole extra set in that region called the Williams-Beuren critical region.”
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STONINGTON—The Stonington Water Company began hauling 200,000 gallons of water for the second time this summer to replenish its supply because of inadequate rainfall and heavy usage by summer visitors.
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Terri-Lee Jones retires
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Tennis teams wrap up post-season
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Editor’s note: This is the first in what will be many twice-monthly columns to be written by Bill Haviland about the history of Indians on Deer Isle from the end of the ice age to the time of European settlement. We are delighted and proud to have Bill, with his vast experience and passion for history, chronicling Indian activity and seasonal settlement on the Island. Our intention is to publish this material to help Islanders and visitors alike understand and appreciate those who were here first.
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B&B: CARTER CAN'T QUIT QUINN
Though they’re supposed to be keeping their distance, Carter and Quinn can’t keep their hands off each other, and the guilt is getting the best of Carter. “They just feel safe with each other,” explains Lawrence SaintVictor (Carter). “No matter how much they try to deny each other — and they do try — they just can’t stop. Whatever this is, it is not going to just disappear, and they don’t know how to shake it. It’s impacting their personal lives, and their relationships with their family and friends. They just can’t put a stop to these feelings.”
B&B: CARTER AND QUINN RECONNECT
Carter struggles to pick up the pieces in the wake of the reveal about him and Quinn. “The heartbreak here is unbearable,” sighs Lawrence Saint-Victor (Carter). “But, there’s also a weird sense of relief, like, ‘It’s finally over.’ The excruciating guilt of trying to hide something and not being able to keep eye contact when you’re in the same room, it was terrible, and at least that part is over.”
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