Fighting for Change

Fighting for Change

Writing this post is really difficult, because it plays to one of my worst fears as a parent of a child with special needs.  The timing is ironic, as I literally just sat with a friend in a coffee shop over the weekend and shared this fear….that my daughter, Taylor, will be treated poorly or subjected to verbal or physical abuse, and that I will not know about it. Every parent fears this, but it is most concerning to me because my daughter is nonverbal. She would have no way of telling me what happened.

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5 Lessons Learned Since The Diagnosis

5 Lessons Learned Since The Diagnosis

One year…..One year since we received the call that would firmly change the projected path of our lives.  Early in the morning on January 11th, 2018, we received answers for our daughter’s developmental delays.  PURA Syndrome - the first time I would hear the name of this rare genetic condition.  Knowing provided answers, and a community, yet also leaves us with many questions, as is the case with most rare diseases.

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Top Four Posts of 2018

Top Four Posts of 2018

I started this blog in May of 2018, about four months after Taylor was diagnosed with PURA Syndrome, a rare genetic condition affecting approximately 200 individuals worldwide. I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do with it at the time, but I knew I wanted a quick way to update the many people who are very interested in Taylor’s life, and also wanted to bring awareness to my daughter’s condition and other rare diseases.

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10 Tips for Supporting a Parent of a Child with Special Needs

10 Tips for Supporting a Parent of a Child with Special Needs

Not sure how to support your loved one who has a child with special needs?  You are not alone.  Most people are unsure about how to respond to a family when they receive a potentially devastating diagnosis.  You may not know what to say or how to help.  You may feel the relationship growing distant and not know why.  Although you may feel uncertain about what to do, there are many ways you can support a parent of a child with special needs, and let me tell you, we NEED your support….now more than ever. 

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Together We Can Do Something Wonderful

Together We Can Do Something Wonderful

One of my favorite quotes is from Mother Teresa: “None of us, including me, ever do great things.  But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful.”  Tough Like Taylor’s parents had an opportunity to travel across the pond at the end of June to attend the 3rd Annual PURA Syndrome Conference.  The conference was held in the United Kingdom at the Wellcome Genome Campus, home to the Wellcome Sanger Institute, which is one of the leading genomic research centers in the world.  One third of the human genome was sequenced for the first time on this campus, which provided the largest single contribution of any center to the Human Genome Project (HGP)……pretty cool stuff.  Way over my head…..but pretty cool.

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6 Tips For Talking With Your Child About Disabilities

6 Tips For Talking With Your Child About Disabilities

We have all experienced it.....you are having an eventful shopping trip to Target (one where you claim you are going to buy sunscreen, aaaaand $175 later.....)  You have cleared out the store and are waiting patiently in the check-out line.  You look into your shopping cart and see your child staring, aghast at a person in a wheelchair and then loudly proclaiming, "Mommy, why is that boy drooling?!" 

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