The doctor was very gentle and also clear that there was no treatment at this time.
Parents of a little girl diagnosed with Gaucher Type 2 talk about how their doctor confirmed she had the most aggressive type and gently, patiently, and honestly prepped them for what their path would be in the absence of a cure on the horizon. The parents appreciated his honesty.
The best I could do as a parent is give her the best time I could in the time that we had.
The dad of an infant diagnosed with Gaucher Type 2 shares that he knew he wasn't going to be the parent who focused on a cure in her lifetime -- it is such a rare disease, that moves so fast, and there wasn't a cure on the horizon. Quality of Life was the goal.
Sanfilippo: The road to diagnosis
The mom of a girl diagnosed with Sanfilippo describes the long journey to her diagnosis beginning at age 2. "I knew as soon as I read the description that that was what she had. . . . The doctor told us to go home and enjoy her. There was no treatment or cure that we could do at that point."
Our first child's fatal diagnosis, with a new pregnancy at same time.
The mom of a girl diagnosed with Sanfilippo describes the emotional journey she and her husband went on when they learned their daughter had a rare genetic disease at the same time that they had recently become pregnant again. Would this child be affected? What were their options?
We came to the realization that this is the path we’re walking and there is nothing to be done about that.
Parents of a little girl diagnosed with fatal Gaucher Type 2 talk about how impossible it seemed that there was nothing to be done to cure their daughter but, with time and digging for information, came to accept the fact that the science just wasn't there.
Don’t try to fix it. You don’t have to do it all in one day.
Parents of a very medically complex son with life-limiting conditions (now 18) share that ‘it’ happens in phases and parents grow into each phase. It is a gradual progression. Take it one day at a time. Try not to think about the “What if’s.” Try not to plan.
SMA ran in the family, and then it hit us in the face.
Parents of a boy with SMA Type 1 describe their son, what he loved, his personality, and then how he was diagnosed with SMA. The grandmother recognized the early symptoms as her son (Michael's uncle) died from SMA at 15 months. "if there was a family to be born into with SMA, we were the one."
I wish there had been more support and fewer decisions at the beginning.
The mother and father of a 5-year old with Leigh's Disease, a mitochondrial condition, talk about how pressed and rushed they felt at the beginning, after the diagnosis, to make decisions, to adjust and adapt to highly medical matters. "The transition from hospital to home was a lot to digest. There's no way a parent can digest so quickly. And you mourn the life you're not going to have."
Finding an experimental trial, study drug.
The mother and father of a 5-year old with Leigh's Disease, a mitochondrial condition, talk about they did loads of research online, on their own, including Google Alerts, and learned about an experimental trial. "We had to educate ourselves in order to provide the best for our child."
Fundraising for Research: I was transported to Ben’s Future and I wasn’t ready for it
Parents of a boy diagnosed with SanFillipo Syndrome discuss their early response to the diagnosis. "We were spurred to action, butI think we went into the fundraising piece a bit naively. ... What I didn't hear from the doctor about the progression of the disease, I was hearing from parents."
Families aren't ready for all the information at the beginning.
Parents of a son with SanFilippo Syndrome caution that some families who were 'ahead' in the disease progression weren't helpful to talk to because they were focused on the more horrific aspects of the disease. Now, when the mom talks to new families, she just listens to what they're really asking and makes certain not to offload all the information, because they're not ready for it.
Chaplain: “When this happens to me, to my child, Now What?”
A hospital chaplain talks about how the goal is to move parents from the WHY question (a natural reaction and expression of anger and confusion) to the NOW WHAT? Question – “How am I supposed to do this?” – and how chaplains can help parents with this.