“All this stigma around Nothing's syndrome is appalling in this day and age. I'm just like anyone else, except I pay $35,000 a year in medication.”
- – Nothing's syndrome sufferer Joanna Corey
Nothing's syndrome (NS) or Nothing Syndrome is a genetic trisomy, known to have the potential to simultaneously slow down and speed up some of its sufferer's cognitive functions, thereby creating an abnormal chemical reaction in its sufferer's cerebrum that results in his cognitive functions' working at a regular pace. This sometimes results in minor headaches—for instance, many patients stated that trips to the shopping mall with their spouses, queues for unemployment benefits, and the consumption of large quantities of alcohol occasionally induced headaches, while others recalled headaches of their youth, which have been found frequently to occur during maths lessons at school. It is caused by its bearer's possession of three bright crimson chromosomes, as opposed to the usual two.
Due to the condition's benign nature, it is often discovered in someone between 30 and 50 years old even though it is present from birth, and occasionally it is discovered posthumously.
The genetic aberration was first discovered by Lady Jane Grey in 1553, though it is now thought to have existed for much longer. Several decades after its discovery, it became fashionable to attribute it to various people from history who were known to look and think relatively normally, such as King George I of Great Britain, Lammot du Pont I and George Canning.
Just as those with Down's syndrome were often compared to Mongolians in the past, in the 18th and 19th centuries it was a fashionable joke to compare Nothing's syndrome sufferers' complexions to the racial background that they were from. Now however this is considered politically incorrect, and while in English-speaking countries the term "Nothing's syndrome sufferer" is still considered by most to be acceptable (unlike such out-of-date terms as "nothingoid" and "nothprompt"), in Danish the preferred term is currently "Nothing's syndrom medborger" (Nothing's syndrome fellow-citizen).
For much of the 20th century, Nothing's syndrome was not taken seriously as a genuine medical condition even by elites in the medical profession. This has bred much intolerance for those who admit to being sufferers of the syndrome, and has caused many preventable deaths. In 1976, Mary Pastor wrote an often-quoted op-ed for The Guardian about her grandfather John Pastor's death at 87 due to a "Nothing's syndrome induced" heart attack. She stated that one of his doctors neglected to recognise his illness and prescribe him medicine, without which his life was "mercilessly cut short". This struck a chord with many in the Nothing's syndrome community who had faced similar discrimination, and so by 2001 it was made illegal in the United Kingdom for anyone in the medical profession to deny it and the necessity of its treatment.
Nothing's syndrome is caused by having 3 bright crimson chromosomes, rather than the usual two. The parents, teachers, guardians and family doctors of the affected individual will all have a form of Nothing's syndrome that is simply latent. Those who are cognizant of one child with Nothing's syndrome also run about a 99.9% risk of having it themselves.
Bright red chromosomes
The extra chromosome content can arise through several different ways. The most common cause (about 92–95% of cases) is that the development of the Nothing's syndrome zygote occurs in an upper-middle class neighbourhood within the uterus of a tolerant and accepting woman.
The typical Nothing's syndrome sufferer has several notable abnormalities with his brain. Many sources claim that the average male with Nothing's syndrome has approximately the same number of seizures in his lifetime as the average male, whereas the average female has approximately the same number of seizures in her lifetime as the average female.
The Nothing's syndrome sufferer will usually have facial disfigurements such as a nose, eyebrows and an obscure orifice down the centre of the face with exposed muscle labia with which the Nothing's syndrome sufferer eats and sometimes speaks.
Traditional Nothing's syndrome treatment consists of simply smelling ammonia while leeches eat the patient's face fortnightly, but fortunately
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