By Ryan Bregante
LivingwithxxyJun 03, 2023
#89 - Parents of Boy with XXY: Seth and Erin Cagle
Seth and Erin have a son named Chipper, who was diagnosed with Klinefelter syndrome in utero from non-invasive prenatal testing. They have embraced their son's diagnosis, and Chipper has met all his milestones.
#88 - Over Coming Male infertility - Nathan Johns
Nathan Johns started trying for kids around 28 years old. After trying for over a year and nothing, he went in for testing. He was told he had a low sperm count and low testosterone, but no further testing was done. After his first marriage failed he met his second wife with her knowing he couldn't have kids. Nathan ended up using embryo adoption and later learned he had Klinefelter syndrome.
#87 - Mother Kendra Hanson Dill and Son Blake
Mother Kendra and Son Blake Dill talk about what it's like going thru high school. Blake is 16 years old, a sophomore, and plays in the high school band. After a routine checkup while pregnant, the doctors told her Blake had XXY.
#86 - Hunter College Presentation - What Is XXY?
Recently Ryan Bregante and Kelsey Fuglsby had the opportunity to be guest speakers at Hunter College in NYC. The Class is called Abnormal Psychology which has roughly 100 students. This video is just a few of the highlights from our hour-long conversation.
1-500 men are born with Klinefelter syndrome, a genetic condition in which males are born with an extra X chromosome. Ryan was born with XXY and is the founder and president of Living with XXY Nonprofit. Kelsey Fuglsby is the mother of a 14-year-old boy named Elliott, diagnosed at ten years old. Only 25% of our community will receive a diagnosis. 75% will die, never knowing. You can find the video highlights HERE. For more information, please visit: https://livingwithxxy.org/
#85 - Overcoming Male Infertility - Charlie Plaisance
Charlie Plaisance got married when he was 27 and felt old enough to start trying for kids immediately. After trying for some time, he and his wife decided to get testing done. After giving a sperm sample, charlie learned he had three immobile sperm and later found out he would be diagnosed with Klinefelter syndrome (47 XXY). Charlie and his wife ended up trying Micro-Tese and IVF, which was a success. They are three amazing and unique kids and their family is complete for now. www.livingwithxxy.org
#84 - NYU Guest Speaker - Sexual Identities Across The Lifespan
This podcast is from a recent speaking engagement at New York University. The class is applied psychology, and the course is Sexual Identities Across the Lifespan. Ryan Bregante was born with Klinefelter syndrome and is the founder and president of Living with XXY. Kelsey Fuglsby is a mother to a 13-year-old boy, Elliott, who was diagnosed with XXY after birth.
#83 - Advocating For IEP and 504 Plans - Jennifer Fritz Voige
Jennifer Fritz Voige is the mother of a teenager named Toby, a freshman at a big new high school. Jennifer talks about her personal experience advocating for her son's needs. www.livingwithxxy.org
#82 - Overcoming Male Infertility - Ted Clark
Ted Clark was concerned about the size of his testicles when his girlfriend, a nurse, said they appeared smaller. Going to the doctor with his concerns, his doctor said there might be a tumor in his brain suppressing the growth. After ruling that out, more testing was ordered, and Ted discovered he has Mosaic Klinefelter syndrome (47 XXY). Ted shares the details of his fertility journey. After a successful Micro-Tese and IVF, he now has a beautiful daughter. www.livingwithxxy.org
#81 - Overcoming Male Infertility - Richard Martinez
Richard Martinez jumps right into sharing the details about his life while trying to have kids with his wife. Many questions came up on why nothing was happening. After a diagnosis of Klinefelter syndrome (47 XXY), Richard and his wife went with donor sperm. Richard shares his personal experience about his diagnosis and why sharing your story matters. They have two twin girls. www.livingwithxxy.org
#80 - Adult With XXY - Matt Dalley
Matt Dalley is 25 years old and living in Provo, Utah. After getting married at 21, Matt and his wife Katie wanted to be young parents. A year of trying with no luck led the doctors to start testing his wife. Matt ended up going to the doctor with a varicose vein in his scrotum, which led him to a sperm test. Ultimately finding out that he had Klinefelter syndrome. www.livingwithxxy.org
#79 - Overcoming Male Infertility - Ryan Turesson
Ryan Turesson is from Brisbane, Australia. In 2007, he was trying for kids with his partner. Nothing was happening, so she went in for fertility testing. Her tests returned, saying nothing was wrong. So Ryan went in for testing and later found out he had Klinefelter syndrome. Learning he was sterile and couldn't have kids was devastating, sending him into a dark depression. They decided to do donor sperm since adoption in Australia is extremely difficult. Ryan is now a father to two unique and wonderful boys. www.livingwithxxy.org
#78 - Mother of Boy with XXY - Yvette Maano
Yvette Maano is the mother of a young boy named Sammy. During her pregnancy, she was flagged for her baby boy having Klinefelter syndrome. After her diagnosis, her doctor handed her outdated information and asked if she wanted an abortion. After she declined, her doctor asked her if she was sure about her decision which left her feeling frustrated that she wasn't making a good decision. www.livingwithxxy.org
#77 - Adult With XXY - Ariel Ze'evi
Ariel Ze'evi might be the first man to share his story openly with the world from Israel. Ariel was diagnosed with Klinefelter syndrome while trying to create a family with his wife. He hid his diagnosis from family and friends for many years. After a successful Micro-Tese surgery and two beautiful boys, Ariel speaks out to break the stigma. He hopes that sharing his story will inspire others to come forward in his country, to create community, and save baby boys from termination. Www.livingwithxxy.org
#76 - Overcoming Male Infertility - Jared Pike
Jared Pike was diagnosed with Klinefelter syndrome nearly 10 years ago while trying to have kids. After trying for more than five years and multiple sperm tests, a new doctor suggested doing a Karyotype. With his wife's support, Jared decided to take a year off from their fertility journey to process, understand, learn and grieve his new diagnosis. Jared explains in incredible detail how this journey improved his life.
#75 - Adult with XXY - Jake Gray
Jake Gray, at the age of 25, found out about his XXY diagnosis while his wife was being tested for some health concerns. The doctor wanted to try Jake for fertility since his wife was flagged for FMA. At 25, he was in shock and denial about his diagnosis. Now 27, Jake is a new father to a baby boy after choosing to use donor sperm. Jake dives deep into the process, emotional stresses, and costs of using a donor. Jakes's Biography can be found Here.
#74 - Mother of Boy with XXXY - Sierra Westley Wilson
After Sierra Westley Wilson became pregnant at 27, she wanted to know the gender of their baby, so they did NIPT, and they were told they had a 36% chance of their baby having Klinefelter syndrome. Once her son was born, they did a routine blood draw, and two weeks later, they learned their son had 48, XXXY.
#73 - Adult with XXY - Elliott Day
In 2021, the day after Christmas, Elliott was hanging out with his niece and nephew, who were 8 and 12. The kids were telling him that he was a fantastic uncle. Suddenly his niece told him he couldn't have kids and that he could adopt if he wanted to. He felt they knew something he didn't know. Elliott Day, from Scotland, in his late 30s, looked into getting his medical records from the NHS. He was diagnosed very young, but no one bothered to tell him.
#72 - Adult with XXY - Ryan Brown
At 41 years old, Ryan Brown opens up to spread more awareness about his life with Klinefelter syndrome. When he had been trying to have kids with his ex-wife for over a year, the doctors recommended they both do fertility testing. After a sperm sample and a series of other tests, Ryan discovered he had XXY. Ryan is now on track to compete in bodybuilding and is a head chef at a group home.
#71 - Mother of Boy with XXY - Jennifer Fritz Voige
Jennifer Fritz Voige spent eight agonizing years trying to find her son's Klinefelter syndrome diagnosis. At the age of 5, Toby started to show challenges after they took away his nap. In kindergarten, his teachers noticed some blank stares and let Jennifer know something might be happening. This was the start of their long journey. Toby, now at 14 after his diagnosis in December of 2021, is thriving and started on TRT, making huge strides toward success.
#70 - Adult with XXY - Gareth Landy
Gareth Landy was the first person on our podcast from Ireland. He was diagnosed with Klinefelter syndrome while trying to start a family. Gareth did his first podcast in March of 2021. Since March, he has been on a mission to raise awareness about male infertility. Gareth talks about his experience and becomes an advocate for other men across western Europe and his fight to normalize life with XXY.
With the help of a sperm donor, Gareth and his wife went thru 3 rounds of IVF before falling pregnant with twins. He has biked the entire length of Ireland to raise money for kids with cancer and has run three full marathons. https://livingwithxxy.org/
#66 - Adult with XXY - Jose Ferreira
Jose Ferreira was diagnosed with Klinefelter syndrome while trying to have kids with his wife. A doctor gave them a blood test, and Jose had no idea what XXY was. After learning he was infertile, he experienced mixed emotions and finally realized there was some answer to knowing why he was different. He never thought it was related to his diagnosis. After his diagnosis, he was in denial for years, pushed away support, and tried to live everyday life. Now Jose has come to a level of acceptance to share his extraordinary story to help others. Jose gives excellent insight into his thoughts and has built confidence in himself. He has his dream job and loves learning more about himself.
#68 - Mother of Boy with XXY - Whitney Lance
Whitney Lance received a prenatal diagnosis of Klinefelter syndrome via email from the hospital after a NIPT. In big red letters, it read XXY. Her doctor urged her to see a geneticist, and Whitney panicked and went to google. The geneticist printed information directly from google and didn't have much more information to share.
#67 - Adult with XXY - Bradford Stucki
Bradford Stucki was diagnosed with Klinefelter syndrome/47 XXY while trying to create a family with his wife. After his diagnosis, their quest to create a family turned to adoption. Despite his diagnosis, Bradford went on to earn his Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Science.
Bradford is a Licensed Marriage and family therapist with 7+ years of experience working with individuals, couples, parents, children (ages 5-12), and families with many relationships and mental health challenges. https://www.bridgehopefamilytherapy.com/
#65 - Donor Sperm Daughter From Father with XXY
A very special daughter from donor sperm shares her unique story. She learned about her father having XXY 30 years after she was born from DNA testing. Make sure you grab your tissues for her captivating story. By far one of the most extraordinary stories in the entire podcasting community.
#64 - Adult with XXY - Matthew Keller
Matthew Keller is a 21-year-old man born and raised in Texas. Matthew was diagnosed with Klinefelter syndrome in high school at 17 years old. After diagnosis, he became angry and didn't want to understand his diagnosis. Learning he was infertile, his family offered to try Micro-TESE (a procedure that takes sperm directly from the testicular tissue of a man's reproductive system). Now that Matthew fully accepts his diagnosis, he wants to help other men and boys with XXY to accept themselves and share their own stories to help others! https://livingwithxxy.org/
#63 - Adult with XXY - Taylor Bernstein
Taylor Bernstein is a 25-year-old man living alone in Nashville, Tennessee. Taylor was diagnosed in utero since his mother was in the high-risk age category. Taylor talks about what it was like growing up knowing about having Klinefelter syndrome. Despite his struggles, he has accepted and challenged anyone who says he can't do something. Since moving to Nashville, Taylor started his own company, a personal driving business, and has become very successful. Taylor is very in tune with who he is, how he learns, and what he has to do to break the stigma surrounding XXY. Living With XXY Website.
#62 - Adult with XXY - Luke Breard
Luke Breard is a 29-year-old man living in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. When he and his wife could not conceive, they discovered he had an unknown diagnosis. Luke has been living his entire life with Klinefelter syndrome. This is the story of Luke’s XXY diagnosis and how he became an adoptive father to two incredible boys. The Living With XXY Website
#61 - Adult with XXY - Rodrigo Marron
After one and a half years of trying for a baby, Rodrigo Marron was diagnosed with Klinefelter syndrome/47 XXY in February of 2022 at 32 years old. Feeling alone and isolated with a diagnosis no one had ever heard about, his wife spent many hours researching to find something to give them a glimmer of hope. Rodrigo was born in Mexico City and moved to Texas as a young child. He talks about his life growing up and some of the challenges of high school, poor grades, and awkward gym class.
Having his high school diploma, he went to college to become an architect. During his college years, he learned self-confidence, and learned he was a visual learner. Establishing a new passion for school, he became an above-average student and thrived in the visual learning environment. After college, he worked multiple jobs before moving to San Fransisco, where he met his future wife. Rodrigo shares his story in hopes others will share theirs to help normalize XXY. https://livingwithxxy.org/
#60 - Father of Boy with XXY - Tyler Deur
Tyler Deur is the father of four-month-old Jax who was diagnosed with Klinefelter syndrome prenatally. Tyler and his wife decided to do NIPT testing to find out the sex of their baby for a gender reveal party. A doctor's phone call changed everything and a new journey started to form. Jax is their first child and the love of their life. Tyler talks about their entire journey and how they have embraced their son's XXY diagnosis. Very rarely do we get to hear a father's perspective and this is one you do not want to miss.
#59 - Mother of Boy with XXY - Carissa Holloway
Carissa Holloway is the mother of Hudson, who is four years old and was diagnosed with Klinefelter syndrome at the age of 2. Hudson's diagnosis came after they were searching for answers to his respiratory issues and frequent illnesses. After their doctors did a microarray around 2, they learned their son had Klinefelter syndrome, 47 XXY. This was a very unexpected diagnosis for their family. If you would like to purchase a bracelet, click HERE.
#58 - Adult with XXY - Seamus Denison
Born in Sydney, Australia Seamus Denison recognized he had a pretty good childhood. He struggled in some subjects in school, particularly math and reading so attended a reading program. He was an athletic child who played sports and made friends fairly easily. Seamus had bouts of erectile dysfunction (ED) at a young age, something that was not easy to deal with. In his late twenties, he started to notice he was extremely tired. Finally, on the day before his 34th birthday in 2020, he received what he referred to as a “special birthday gift”. That day he had his first appointment with his new endocrinologist, who changed his life. Where the first endocrinologist had led him into “a dark hole” this new doctor “closed a chapter for him”.
#57 - Mother of Boy with XXY - Sarah Winner-Wendt
Sarah Winner is a mother whose son was diagnosed with Klinefelter Syndrome while she was pregnant. A yoga instructor, Sarah lives with her husband, 12-year-old daughter Rylan, and Julian in Naples, Florida. To help raise awareness about 47 XXY and prenatal diagnosis, she is sharing her family's story to bring more awareness to XXY. Her written story can be found here.
#56 - Mother of XXY Boy - Lindsay Brisebois
Kristin is the mother of Cass, a 15-year-old boy living in Canada who was recently diagnosed with Klinefelter syndrome. Kristin talks about Cass as a child and his many struggles. From not talking till four years old, dealing with the public education system, watching her child slip thru the cracks, to extreme bullying and countless doctor visits with no answers. Despite all their family's challenges, Cass has overcome so many of his struggles and found acceptance living with XXY.
#55 - Adult with XXY - Dylan Mathis
Dylan Mathis is a 26-year-old man living in Chicago, Illinois. Dylan found out he had Klinefelter syndrome in high school around 16-17 years old. After graduating from high school, he went to college with a unique education program and excelled with an art major. After dating the love of his life, he recently got married to his wonderful wife and works as a cable installer. Dylan talks about his struggles throughout his life and overcoming the challenges, gaining confidence along the way.
#54 - Father of Boy with XXY - Greg Coffin
Greg is the father of Koa who is an adventurous 2-year-old who loves to skateboard, mountain bike, and be active in nature. Greg talks about his experiences with raising a son who was diagnosed with Klinefelter syndrome and focusing on the things his son can do. Greg's story is inspirational and paves the way for other fathers to reach out and tell their own stories about raising a son with Klinefelter syndrome.
#53 - Adult with XXY - Tyler Indermill
Tyler is a 34-year-old man who is currently living in San Diego, CA with his wife. Tyler was diagnosed with Klinefelter syndrome at the age of 33 after 1 year of trying to have kids with his wife. After Tyler's diagnosis, he tried Micro-Tese and was unsuccessful. Tyler talks about how he found Living With XXY's podcast and how the stories of others helped him with acceptance and moving forward.
#52 - Adult with XXY - Ryan Bregante Talks Testosterone (TRT)
Have you ever wondered what someone's life might be like being on Testosterone Replacement Therapy for the past 23 years and counting? Ryan shares all of his experiences with you from tips about traveling, insurance, pharmacies, and the trial and errors throughout his life. The purpose of this podcast is to help with education and self-advocacy, so others understand what to possibly expect with the many hoops we have to jump thru to keep our testosterone levels within the normal range.
#51 - Adult with XXY - Ryan Bregante Talks Hygiene
In this episode, Ryan talks about his life battling the ups and downs with personal hygiene. Ryan goes far back to his early years in grade school when his parents used a star chart to build a routine, to now at the age of 36. This in-depth 50-minute podcast might give you a look into some of those boys and men who are Living With XXY and how to overcome their own personal battles with Hygiene. Enjoy
#50 - Adult with XXY - Ryan Bregante Talks Executive Functions
Hello everyone, welcome to 2022 where anything is possible. This is a solo podcast talking about how I've come to learn about what executive functions are and how they have impacted my life. I only learned what they were from googling them after hearing about it at a conference 5 years ago. I talk about my personal perspectives and how I've learned to adapt to make my life easier. I also talk passionately about how raising awareness for Klinefelter syndrome as a community can have a positive impact across the globe. That the next generations to come can have more people understanding what Klinefelter syndrome is. Enjoy
#49 - Hunter College - Ryan Bregante and Chelsea Castonguay:
We had another incredible opportunity to speak to a college class at Hunter College University NYC. The focus of this interview was about self-acceptance with Klinefelter syndrome and engaging with the classes questions. This is how we continue to change the stigma and teach more people about the spectrum of those affected by XXY. Chelsea is a mother to Noah who is three years old and Ryan who was diagnosed in utero 35 years ago and told at the age of 9. You can watch this on YouTube as well. We hope you enjoy it! Living With XXY
#48 - New York University - Ryan Bregante and Chelsea Castonguay
We had the wonderful opportunity to speak to a college class at New York University this last week. The focus of this interview was about self-acceptance with Klinefelter syndrome. Chelsea is a mother to Noah who is three years old and Ryan who was diagnosed in utero 35 years ago and told at the age of 9. You can watch this on YouTube as well. We hope you enjoy it! Living With XXY
#47 - Wife of Adult with XXY - Anna McLeod
Anna McLeod is the wife of Gareth Landy who was diagnosed with Klinefelter syndrome while trying to have kids. Anna talks about what it was like to learn about her husband's diagnosis, her own struggles with the diagnosis, and the difficulties of infertility thru IVF. Anna and Gareth are from Ireland and they ventured over to the United Kingdom for their fertility treatments. In the end, they overcame all odds against them and have 2 beautiful fraternal twins, Abigail and Tiernan. Gareths Podcast can be found HERE. Our website: Living With XXY.
#46 - Mother of XXY Boy - Angela Fuller Heyde
Angela Fuller Heyde is the mother of Adam, who was diagnosed with Klinefelter syndrome. She talks about what it is like to go from being secret about her son's diagnosis to open and sharing information about her son on TikTok. She talks about her fears and how she knew opening up could give back and change other people's lives. We hope she inspires you to build up the courage to give back and teach others about having an amazing son Living With XXY.
#45 - Mother of XXY Boy - Jacqueline Lightcap
Jacqueline Lightcap is the mother of a 17-year-old boy diagnosed with Klinefelter syndrome at 14. After a routine physical their family physician thought their son might have Klinefelter syndrome and recommended they see a pediatric endocrinologist. She went to google when she found out her son possibly had Klinefelter syndrome to do some research in 2017. She said, "That can't be my son, it didn't describe him in a lot of ways." Jacqueline and Ryan dive deep into how their son thinks and sees the world. This is a wonderful podcast about boys in the middle school and high school age range.
#44 - Adult with XXY - Koben Meausette
Koben Meausette is a 23-year-old man living in Victoria, British Colombia, Canada. He was diagnosed in utero with Mosaic Klinefelter syndrome and was told around the age of 13. Koben has hiked half of the Pacific Crest Trail. He has an extreme love for the outdoors and mother nature. Since his passion for camping, hiking, and adventure is deeply rooted, he makes his own packs with his sewing machine as a hobby. Koben shares his life story, his challenges, and how he was able to overcome them. He just graduated from college and is looking forward to the next chapter of his life. You can see his adventure on Instagram @koben_meausette
#43 - Adult with XXY - Jared Pike
Jared Pike is the Husband of Christin Pike who was on our show last week. Jared was diagnosed with Klinefelter syndrome after trying to build a family for many years. After Jared's doctor gave him the news using horrible bedside manner. Jared was very confused and went into a deep dark depression over the idea that he wasn't able to father biological children. Jared talks about the rise to acceptance and enjoying life after diagnosis. After multiple failed IUI sperm donor attempts, Jared and his wife found themselves interested in the foster care system. They recently adopted a baby girl and are looking to build their family up in the near future Jared is a special education teacher currently focusing on 4th, 5th, and 6th graders who need IEP's. We look forward to having him back on the show to talk more about his job and how he can help other boys with XXY who are in special needs programs.
#42 - Wife of Adult with XXY - Christin Pike
In this very unique podcast, we offer a new perspective we have never had on our show before. Christin Pike is the wife of Jared Pike, who was diagnosed with Klinefelter syndrome while trying to have kids after more than three years of trying. She talks about what it was like to learn about her husband's diagnosis, supporting him thru difficult times, the difficulties of infertility, and learning about foster care and adoption. This is a wonderful story about the struggles we all face and how we can get through them together despite the odds against us all. Real Talk, From Infertility to Motherhood with Christin Pike. You can contact her personally HERE. Our website: Living With XXY.
#41 - Adult with XXY - Russell Martin
Russell Martin is a 47-year-old man diagnosed with Mosaic Klinefelter syndrome 46XY/47XXY. He lives in Tampa, Florida with his wonderful wife and 2 biological sons. Russell was diagnosed when he was 45 years old after he learned about possibly having Klinefelter syndrome at 13 years old. Russell did lots of research on mosaic Klinefelter syndrome and he knew he had it despite the doctors he went to tell him otherwise. Russell was persistent in getting to the bottom of this and he eventually found out he was correct. This podcast is a great podcast of Russell and Ryan talking about Klinefelter syndrome and what it's like to live with it.
#40 - Mother of Boy with XXY - Shelby Herrle
Shelby Herrle is the mother of 1-year-old Paxton who was diagnosed with Klinefelter syndrome 47 XXY at 3 months old. Shelby explains how her NIPT test said she was having a girl and her ultrasound tech then told her she was having a boy. After Paxton was born he had a rare bone infection in his foot that was missed by many ER visits and doctors. One of the last doctors they saw wanted to do a karyotype to make sure they were not missing anything. Paxton is meeting all of his milestones on time and is the happiest baby who smiles and laughs at everyone.
#39 - Adult with XXY - Eli Bucksbaum
Eli Bucksbaum is a 21-year-old college student living in Denver, Colorado. He was diagnosed with Klinefelter syndrome 47 XXY, right after he was born. Today in this episode, Eli talks about what it was like being told at 6 years old and about his life growing up. Eli talks about how acceptance with having Klinefelter syndrome has helped him live a much happier life, not dwelling on what he cant do and focusing on what his possibilities are. Despite learning disabilities growing up and troubles with language, reading, and spelling he is an art major, and currently is showing art in new york city. You can find Eli's work on Instagram here: @eliabstracts
#38 - Adult with XXY - Daniel Hellinger
Daniel Hellinger is a 30-year-old man living in Seattle, Washington. Daniel has traveled the globe over his lifetime and has also been a part of peace core. Daniel found out about having Klinefelter syndrome when he was diagnosed at 24, right before he was going on a trip to India. Dan talks about what life was like before and after his diagnosis and how testosterone replacement therapy has been a huge help to improve his life quality. You can find dan on Instagram @wanderwithdan
#37 - Adult with XXY - Gerald Maynard
Gerald Maynard is a vibrant, fast-talking, social media savvy man living with Klinefelter Syndrome. He resides in St. George, Utah with his wife and mother, where he works as a youth leader and creates content for his widely-followed TikTok accounts. Gerald shared his story about learning about his diagnosis in adulthood, and what it’s like to live with 47XXY.
#36 - Adult with XXY - Charles Plaisance
Charles Plaisance is a 35-year-old man living with Klinefelter Syndrome, or 47 XXY. He resides in East Bethel, MN, with his family. Charles learned about his diagnosis when he and his wife Angela started trying to have a family. After a successful micro TESE withdrawal, they had three biological children. As a devout Catholic, Charles believes in the importance of all life. He wanted to share his story to help others understand the value of living with XXY.
#35 - Adult with XXY - Jordan Truax
Jordan is a 29-year-old man living in Hughesville, Pennsylvania. While currently experiencing unemployment due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Jordan previously worked as an electrician’s helper with his uncle. Jordan is an outgoing man with short blond hair and a quick smile. He is very open about his diagnosis and ready to share about his life with Klinefelter Syndrome.
#34 - Adult with XXY - Andrew Gagnon
When he was a young boy, Drew knew what he wanted to do with his life. While most young people may not be sure of their path to a career, Drew knew he wanted to be a pilot in the Navy. With dogged determination, he began to forge his path with a single-minded ambition; to sit in the cockpit of an F-14 Tomcat. However, the journey to this goal took many unexpected twists, with a surprise diagnosis of Klinefelter Syndrome, changes in plans, heartbreak, and much self-discovery.
#33 - Father of Boy with XXY - Josh Stanhope
Josh Stanhope is the father of Noah (age 3) who was diagnosed prenatally with Klinefelter syndrome (47 XXY). Josh talks about his journey of learning and understanding what a diagnosis of Klinefelter Syndrome meant.
After Noah was born, Josh and his wife Chelsea and Josh told a few family members about the diagnosis. However, they regretted the decision when one day Josh’s father held Noah and said, "I can't believe something is wrong with you.” After hearing this, Josh and Chelsea felt alone with Noah's diagnosis, and they didn’t tell anyone else for a long time.
Josh talks about how finding the community of Living with XXY helped ease their fears and better understand Klinefelter Syndrome. Now, the family is open with Noah and everyone else about the diagnosis. Being a part of the Living with XXY community has given them the support they needed to share their story with others.
#32 - Adult with XXY - Alex Hyatt
Alex is a 34-year-old man with Klinefelter Syndrome living in Centennial, Colorado. He’s a gregarious, self-described ginger, with a bright smile, and infectious laugh. Having been raised in Colorado, Alex began looking for opportunities to expand his worldview after graduating from college. When he joined the Peace Corps, he was excited to be assigned to Rwanda, which is in East Africa. However, the experience wasn’t exactly what he was hoping for when Alex was struck by a series of mysterious, debilitating symptoms. Upon returning to the United States, he began a long, and at times confusing, journey to discover what was at the root of his health issues.
#31 - Adult with XXY - Gynecomastia Surgery with Anthony Prata
Anthony Prata is a 20-year-old who noticed he started to develop gynecomastia when he was in middle school. Years later between the age of 16 and 17 he was diagnosed with Klinefelter syndrome after a routine checkup with the doctor. His doctor noticed his testicle size was much smaller than kids his age and ordered a karyotype to confirm his diagnosis. Now Anthony is 20 years old, and 3 weeks out of post opp for gynecomastia surgery. We talk about what it was like going up with man boobs and how the surgery has given him a new perspective on life. Anthony says "after every thunderstorm, there is a rainbow" and you have to keep on learning and enjoying life. https://livingwithxxy.org/
#30 - Adult with XXY - Mike Christoff
Mike Christoff's behind the scenes interview from our first documentary series called "PERSISTENCE". Mike talks about his life before his Klinefelter syndrome diagnosis and how it affected him afterward. He stated that he started to become the victim, and how it wasn't until his failed marriage he learned to change his perspective to focusing on the positive.
#29 - Mother of Boy with XXY - Chelsea Castonguay
Chelsea Castonguay is a mother with a 3-year-old son who has Klinefelter syndrome. Noah was diagnosed in utero after Chelsea felt like something was off around 13 weeks and requested Noninvasive Prenatal Testing. Chelsea talks about how she was devastated learning her son would have Klinefelter syndrome 47 XXY. After Noah was born she talks about how they were fearful about telling family. At a visit with a specialist, they were told to "never tell their son he had XXY". Confused about what they were told Chelsea talks about how this consultation leads to their decision to overcome fear and open up about Noah's diagnosis. Opening up created a network of support they never had. Chelsea said she doesn't want anyone to feel alone and wants to support others just like those who supported her. Her Instagram: @easterneden
#28 - Wife of Adult with XXY - Angela Plaisance
Angela Plaisance is the wife of Charlie Plaisance who was diagnosed with Klinefelter syndrome while trying to build a family together. Angela talks about what it was like from a spouse's perspective upon receiving the news about her husband's diagnosis.
#27 - Adult with XXY and Girlfriend - Niall Barry
In 2015, Niall started researching to find out why he had smaller testicles. After further investigation Niall was certain he had Klinefelter syndrome. When reading information about the possibility of infertility, he was gutted and stopped all research. In 2018 Niall's girlfriend Isabel pushed him to go get tested when he told her about the possibility he might not be able to have children. Niall and Isabel share their story about his diagnosis and life after. Niall and Isabel want others to know everything will be ok, to not let what you read online pull you down straight away. To stay positive, and know there is nothing you cant achieve in life. Thru their personal experience to not ignore it or avoid it and reach out for support.
#26 - Adults with XXY - Greg Brimhall and Ryan Bregante
Greg Brimhall and Ryan Bregante started talking shortly after Ryan made his first youtube video in 2017. After years of talking they were finally able to meet in person in October of 2020. After recording a podcast together a few episodes ago they both continued to chat.
This 50 min episode is raw, unplanned, and full of detailed information. Ryan and Greg are both fully open about their diagnosis and welcome you into their conversation. Enjoy. https://livingwithxxy.org/
#25 - Adult with XXY and Wife - Ryan and Leah Kuieck
Ryan now 31, learned about his Klinefelter syndrome diagnosis around the age of 10-12 years old. His parents found out before he was born. Ryan and Leah met online and dated for 2 years before getting engaged and later married. Ryan is a successful welder by trade and now works for a machine shop that paid for him to go back to trade school. He loves working with his hands, loves to hunt, fish, and spend time being a father. Ryan bought his first house in Michigan at the age of 26 and has plans to pay it off by the time he is 45. www.livingwithxxy.org
#24 - Adult with XXY - Gareth Landy
Gareth Landy is our first person on the podcast from Ireland. Gareth was diagnosed with Klinefelter syndrome while trying to start a family with his wife who also has multiple sclerosis. He goes in-depth about how he received the gut-wrenching news from the doctor and going through the long and expensive process of sperm extraction via Micro-TESE. After hitting a dead-end, Gareth remained positive. With the help of a sperm donor, Gareth and his wife went thru 3 rounds of IVF before falling pregnant with twins. He is proud to be Living With XXY and would do it all over again if he had to. He has biked the entire length of Ireland to raise money for kids with cancer and has ran 3 full marathons. https://livingwithxxy.org/
#23 - Adult with XXY - Greg Brimhall
Greg Brimhall found out at the age of 15 when his family decided to switch primary care doctors. After finding out his parents told him not to say anything or talk about his condition. Two years later at 17, he ignored his parent's suggestion and learned self-acceptance. As life went on Greg pushed himself to learn more and better understand his own condition. Greg has a very good perspective about living with Klinefelter syndrome. You can find Greg on Instagram @titan_o_terrror Our website is www.livingwithxxy.org
#25 - Adult with XXY and Wife - Brandon and Danae Hencz
Brandon age 36 found out about his diagnosis at the time of his engagement at 32 years old. He had a work-related accident that gave him a hernia. After the ultrasound tech noticed he had smaller testicles, he went thru testing to find out he had XXY. Brandon talks about how he just feels like any other guy out there and how XXY has not held him back from living life. They talk about their quest to enjoy life and adopt children when and if that time comes for them. Danae offers some insight from a spouse's perspective. This is our first couple on the show and we look forward to having many more.
#21 - Adult with XXY - Dan Mooney
Dan Mooney was diagnosed with Klinefelter syndrome at the age of 19 when he had a hernia and his doctors noticed his testicle size was really small. After diagnosis and due to lack of information Dan continued to live his life. At the age of 38, he realized his testosterone was under 200 and started injections once a week in his legs. Dan talks about how testosterone has helped him with his mental health and being able to build muscle. He resides in Oregon where he is a full-time graphic designer and runs his own marketing company.
#20 - Mother of Boy with XXY - Carson Blake
In our final episode of season 1, Carson talks about her son LJ and everything she had to do to get her son early intervention. Which would eventually lead to a Klinefelter syndrome/47 XXY diagnosis. Carson started to notice her son's gross motor skill delay at 4 months and at 10 months old he had the gross motor skills of a 5-month-old. LJ just reached a huge milestone at 18 months on the day of this podcast recording. Carson talks in-depth about advocacy, awareness, and the reason she is speaking up about LJ's diagnosis.
#19 - Adult with XXY - Michael Palumbo
Michael Palumbo is an electroacoustic music improviser, teacher, and developer. His current activities include teaching how to make music and art with code, “Exit Points,” a monthly online concert series that streams on Twitch, and building a VR-based music synthesizer and programming environment called “Mischmasch” going towards part of his Ph.D. He performs regularly as a soloist and in ensembles under the pseudonym Thispatcher.
https://thispatcher.bandcamp.com (Tracks forthcoming)
All of his code: www.github.com/michaelpalumbo
Other links mentioned:
Donor Conception Canada https://dccanada.org/
#18 - Adult with XXY and Mother - Brett and Apirl Jones
Here we have Brett Jones and his mother April Jones talking to us about what it was like for Brett to get diagnosed in High School with Klinefelter syndrome. April knew something was up when Brett was in the first grade. She fought over the years and never gave up. At 17 Brett was diagnosed with Klinefelter syndrome and after his 1st and 2nd shot of testosterone, his mom says "I finally got to meet my son, he was smiling, laughing and learning to enjoy life". After many years of struggles, Brett started a career in welding and is now part of the union working in a government nuclear facility.
#17 - Adult with XXY - Richard C.
Richard who was diagnosed with Klinefelter syndrome at the age of 16 is now 71 years old living an incredible life in the Pacific Northwest. Richard started his career as a teenager delivering newspapers and working the night shift of a cleanup crew. After graduating from a university with a degree in business he worked his way up the corporate ladder to become a member of the board of directors of a large company as well as their CFO. He quit at the age of 52 to enjoy his life and concentrate on his fondness of stock investing and consulting. Richard is the oldest person living with Klinefelter syndrome that Ryan has met to this day. Richard and his spouse enjoy reading and international travel in their spare time. Being an avid investor Richard is proficient with technology and building spreadsheets to manage investments. You can support our nonprofit organization at www.Livingwithxxy.org
#16 - Mother of Boy with XXY - Cresta Archuletta Mauldin
Cresta is the mother of Cole who is 2 years old and was diagnosed with Klinefelter syndrome thru a NIPT (noninvasive prenatal testing). Cresta has some incredible things to share about her pregnancy and has decided to change her career path to become a genetic counselor. She wants to be able to provide more accurate information for our community and also provide more helpful information for her son. This is a podcast you do not want to miss! www.livingwithxxy.org
#15 - Parents of Boy with XXY - Angela and David Heyde
Angela and David Heyde were blessed with a son 14 months ago. Angela was 42 years old when her son Adam was born. They talk about receiving their sons Klinefelter syndrome diagnosis through a NIPT or (Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing). When faced with overwhelming emotions and their doctor knowing nothing about Klinefelter syndrome, they went to google looking for answers, only to find negative and outdated information. They talk about overcoming the challenges they were faced, and Adams's bright future. www.livingwithxxy.org
#14 - Adult with XXY - Mike Christoff
Mike Christoff found out he had Klinefelter syndrome at 27 when he was trying to have kids with his first wife. Mike has a BS in graphic design and works as a UX designer. He loves to get outside into the wilderness where he lives in Utah, take photos, go hiking, and enjoy spontaneous exploring. We recommend everyone who listens to this podcast who wants to better understand Klinefelter syndrome. Mikes social media can be found here: @mikemantx @redaardvark_design
#13 - Mother of Boy with XXY - Marci Tatham
Marci Tatham, mom of Jack (Age 2), shares her recent shift in managing Jack's early intervention and her family's overall approach to raising their son with Klinefelter syndrome. www.livingwithxxy.org
#12 - Father of Boy with XXY - Matt Tatham
Matt Tatham, the father of Jack (Age 2), shares his recent journey of fully accepting and embracing Jack's unique personality & interests. Matt opens up about how his lifelong thoughts about fatherhood were limiting his relationship with his son. Matt learned to embrace Jack's Klinefelter syndrome.
#11 - Adult with XXY - Stefan Schwarz
Stefan was diagnosed with Mosaic Klinefelter syndrome in 1996 at 26 years old. He has been a strong advocate since his diagnosis and has attended many conferences over the years meeting a wide range of people with Klinefelter syndrome and all different age groups. We are glad to have him on the show. Here is his website. You can also contact Stefan on Facebook.
#10 - Mother of Boy with XXY - Kat Pacheco
This episode is all about nature, free play, and how it has helped Kat's son Leo who is three years old and has XXY. I began thinking over our journey and our introduction to Free Forest School. Free Forest School is an international organization where children and caregivers meet in nature with no toys for unstructured and child-led play. https://www.freeforestschool.org/ https://livingwithxxy.org/
#09 - Awareness for XXY - Ryan Bregante
Living with xxy is a Nonprofit 501.c.3 Charitable Organization raising awareness about Klinefelter syndrome - 47 xxy. We are here to help people all over the world learn more about this condition. By listening to our podcast you will hear voices of our community share their personal stories about overcoming challenges they faced and rising above the outdated information. More information can be found on our website. https://livingwithxxy.org/
#08 - Adult with XXY - Evan Flores
Evan Flores was born and raised in NYC his entire life. He never left and met his amazing wife Sabrina on August 19th, 2010 After 3 to 4 years of trying to have a family, Evan and Sabrina decided to go in for testing to see why nothing was working. After testing, Evan was diagnosed with Klinefelter syndrome and was in utter shock. “How is it even possible for someone to have an extra chromosome,” he said.
Evan and Sabrina did Micro TESE and IVF in the same go and he is blessed with a miracle baby boy named Joshua. Joshua is 7 months old and thriving and Evan is his biological father.
Since Evan was born in NYC he understands that having a hustle is part of life. Selling cable door to door as his full-time job, Evan also is the owner of a clothing company inspired by God called Saved. You can feel his love for vintage clothing when he talks so passionately about it. Evans work can be found www.savedco.com
#07 - Adults with XXY - Geoff Kruck
Geoff Kruck 42 years old, lives just north of Melbourne, Australia. Geoff found out the hard way he had Klinefelter syndrome. When he got married to his wife, he didn’t have an overbearing desire to have children. Geoff was just thrilled he was marrying his best friend. He thought starting a family would come naturally down the road. Geoff says "you just assume it’s going to happen for you when you’re ready." Geoff was featured in Healthy Male Australia. Living with XXY is a Nonprofit Charitable Organization
#06 - Parents of Adult with XXY - Richard and Rosalie Bregante
Episode 6 is a very special and unique podcast. Marci and Matt Tatham interview Ryan Bregante's parents for the first time. Richard and Rosalie Bregante share information on what it was like to raise their son who was born in 1985 when information for Klinefelter syndrome was very limited. https://livingwithxxy.org/
#05 - Adults with XXY - Andrew Curry
Andrew was diagnosed with Klinefelter syndrome at the age of 16 after waking up one morning saying his testicles were hurting. A trip to the urologist and several doctor visits later he found out why. He talks about what it was like to be diagnosed, being developmentally behind his peers, and how he caught up with life at 22. He is actively involved with raising awareness online and getting his bachelor's degree in cybersecurity.
#04 Adult with XXY Learning from Bullying - Ryan Bregante:
Ryan Bregante shares what it was like growing up and going through grade school and middle school. From bulling to believing in himself and self-advocating. He also talks about how he got started raising awareness for Klinefelter syndrome and forming a non-profit organization to better help this amazing community come together to break down stigmas created by out of date information.
#04 - Adult with XXY Adjusting to High School - Ryan Bregante
Taking you all back to freshman year of high school as if it was yesterday. Some key talking points are about being in an English class with 4 Japanese students, myself, and a teacher. Also how I coped with bullying due to being a slow reader. Playing sports freshman year and attending homecoming. I hope you are able to learn more about my story and journey with Klinefelter syndrome. https://livingwithxxy.org/
#02 - Adult with XXY - Kelsey Maffei
What it was like for Kelsey to be diagnosed with Klinefelter syndrome at 27 years old while trying to build a family. Kelsey talks about when doctors told him he would not be able to have kids, that he wasn't going to let that stop him. Even with the unknowns, emotions and anxiety Kelsey overcame the challenges of infertility using donor sperm with his wife. Today they have two amazing and beautiful children who are 11 and 8 years old. https://livingwithxxy.org/ Book mentioned by Kelsey https://www.amazon.com/Pea-that-was-Me-Donation/dp/1481157140/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=the+pea+that+was+me&qid=1588119366&sr=8-2
#01 - Living With XXY - Introduction
We welcome you to join and subscribe to our brand new podcast series for Klinefelter syndrome awareness. This is our introduction to what the podcast will be all about and how we will grow over time. This podcast gives the voices of our community a chance to share the spotlight. We look forward to having you. Www.livingwithxxy.org