Progeria is a condition where the sufferer is born with a body that
ages 10 times faster than normal. Progeria (from the Greek meaning
"prematurely old") is a disease effecting 1 in 8,000,000 children.
We do not reincarnate forever. At one point in our karmic journey,
we learn enough about how the universe works... so that we do not
have to return in physical bodies to learn more. Although we do
not have to come back, some of us become very attached to the Earth
and WANT to return.
After we ascend (earn the right not to come back), we can choose to
come back for a few lifetimes to tidy up karma and that is permitted.
Problems arise when an individual wants to reincarnate (usually out
of the very greatest love for their parents) AFTER we have lost the
right to do so.
Progeria, because of the suffering it involves, is meant to encourage
the "child" to move permanently into the inner worlds. As their
parents will tell you, this disease is nothing but suffering. The
parents must live through the deterioration and death of their child.
The child must live with a rapidly aging body all their short life
that is constantly ill and in pain. So why would anyone agree to
have this illness? Love, of course: the love of souls so deep that
any pain and hardship simply is not important.
Progeria is believed to be caused genetically by a chromosome anomaly.
The LMNA gene produces the Lamin A protein, which holds the nucleus of
a cell together. Defective Lamin A protein makes the nucleus unstable
and this cellular instability appears to lead to the process of
premature aging in Progeria.
Although born seemingly healthy, Progeria children show signs of
accelerated aging at around 18-24 months of age.
Progeria children stop growing prematurely, lose their hair and/or body
fat, develop aged-looking skin, and contract diseases of old age, like
arthritis, diabetes, failing eyesight, and chronic pain. Some suffer
strokes (as early as age 4). most die of heart disease by age 13, and
rarely do they live past age 21.
Progeria children have a distinctive look. Their heads appear bigger
proportionally when compared to their body. They are bald and look
like an elderly person aged 70 to 80 years old. They tend to show
their greater level of Soul evolution by acting with the dignity and
gravity of the elderly person they appear to be.
Medicine finds that, since Progeria parents do not carry or express
the genetic mutation in the LMNA gene, each case must represent a
sporadic (chance), new mutation. From the standpoint of karma,
Progeria is not caused by chance. It is agreed to by the child and
the parents (on a Soul level) before the child is born. The main
agreement relates to how long the Progeria child will live.
No matter what modern science comes up with, the Progeria child will
not live one moment longer than their life contract allows. The
hardest thing to realize - especially by those who have a greater
degree of choice about and control over their life circumstances -
is that our lives are not always under our control.
This does not mean that the search for a cure should be abandoned.
By studying Progeria, scientists have a rare opportunity to gain
more knowledge about how the human aging mechanism works... and
parents can feel a greater sense of hope.
When it comes to Progeria, the best advice really is to "take it one
day at a time" and "enjoy every day" with the child. In the universe
of all possibilities, we are meant to do, be, or have anything that
we want. While the parents of Progeria children will undoubtedly gain
much knowledge from their quest to heal their children, they deserve
to know why, karmically, this goal may never be achieved.
Child Progeria is its most common form. Werner's Syndrome (also known
as "Adult Progeria") first manifests during and individual's late teen
years and sufferers live to age 40 (but no later than age 50). As with
Child Progeria, the life span of those who suffer from Adult Progeria
is agreed to in advance in their life contract.