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Making the most out of each day Making the most out of each day

I may have a disease but this disease does NOT have me!

Liz, Idiopathic subglottic stenosis, United States, March 1, 2019

I have a rare disease that suddenly changed my life. I went to bed whole but woke up a changed mother and wife.I used to play with my kids and have all the fun. Played softball with my Lover and loved...

Interstial cystitis

Interstial cystitis

Jessica, Interstitial cystitis, United States, March 1, 2019

This is my rare disease and it causes me to urinate up to 60 times a day and it is an incurable disease!  Interstitial cystitis, also known as bladder pain syndrome (IC/BPS), is a rare chronic debilit...

GBS GBS

My struggle with GBS

Xochitl, Guillain-Barré syndrome, United States, March 1, 2019

Hi my name is Xochitl, this is my GBS story.I always had been totally independent; I raised two girls by myself. The first tragedy in my life was when my mom died when I was about 28, it was devastati...

My experience with AIH

My experience with AIH

Sandy, Autoimmune hepatitis, United States, February 28, 2019

I am 35 years old. I have had autoimmune Hepatitis (AHI) for over 9 years. Awareness in AHI is important because some of the symptoms get overlooked. In my case, I was always tired, sleepy and not hun...

2018 2018

Life with multiple diseases

Alexandrina, Dermatomyositis, United States, February 28, 2019

Being 19 and having in total 9 illness is exhausting, I'm never truly in the driver's seat. I have a rare condition that is 1 in 3 million, there is no cure and the treatment is long, I take chemo wee...

Training at Vertical Adventures for the upcoming National Adaptive climbing competition. Training at Vertical Adventures for the upcoming National Adaptive climbing competition.

One climb at a time!

Keith, Klippel-Feil syndrome, Holoprosencephaly, pulmonary fibrosis, United States, February 28, 2019

I am an overcomer. I have multiple medical complexities that have not kept me down. Multiple doctors, teachers said there was things I would never do. And while there is somethings I struggle with I a...

Second Marathon Second Marathon

Victorious!

Jackie, CIDP, United States, February 28, 2019

When I was 14, I woke up one morning with a tingling numbness all over my body. Within a week, I was completely paralyzed, and unable to walk, feed or dress myself, and completely dependant upon my pa...

My Reyna Reyna My Reyna Reyna

Reynas Fight with MPSIIIA

Perriann, MPSIIIA, United States, February 28, 2019

Hello this is Reyna! She is 3 years old. Last year in May the day after her 3rd birthday, she was diagnosed with a rare fatal disease called MPSIIIA/San filippo type A syndrome. She was misdiagnosed w...

Rylan Rylan

Rylan - Rare Mitochondrial Disease Warrior

Ishani, SLC25A46, United States, February 28, 2019

Diagnosis Day February 11, 2019 Today, in honor of Rare Disease Day, I would like to share our story.  For the past 4 years, since Rylan was born, we have been in search of a diagnosis.  Two weeks ago...

Myself and my son Myself and my son

Keep going!

Julie, Hypoparathyroidism, United States, February 28, 2019

I had a complete thyroidectomy and due to scar tissue 1 parathyroid glam was removed causing the other to quit working. I have had trouble for several years getting my thyroid hormone levels regulated...

Moi, et mon mari ! Moi, et mon mari !

Apprendre à vivre un jour après l'autre !

Nathalie, Multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1, France, February 28, 2019

Je m'appelle Nathalie et je vais vous raconter mon histoire avec la NEM 1 (Neoplasie Endocrinienne Multiple de type 1). Cette maladie provoque l'apparition de tumeurs, souvent endocriniennes (mais pas...

I don't 'see' why...

I don't 'see' why...

Todd, Blepharospasm-oromandibular dystonia syndrome, United States, February 28, 2019

11 years ago I was standing in my daughter's living room, when her husband looked at me and asked: "do you need some eyedrops?" Huh? "Why do you ask?""Your blinking a lot." Sure enough, I hadn't reall...

a good moment a good moment

Sometimes its just about surviving

Hannah, Tuberous sclerosis complex, Austria, February 28, 2019

Our daughter Hannah was diagnosed with TSC when she was 2 months old. TSC causes her body to grow benign tumors in soft parts, massively in her brain. She has seizures everyday, skin signs, eye condit...

Jude Anthony at 5yrs old Jude Anthony at 5yrs old

Jude’s Journey

Amy, Hirschsprung disease, United States, February 28, 2019

Hello! I’m Jude and I have Hirschsprungs. I was born and sent home from the hospital even though I never pooped. The hospital made a mistake and that’s ok. We all make mistakes. A few days came and we...

Facing the unknown with PBD

Facing the unknown with PBD

Makenzie, Peroxisome biogenesis disorder, United States, February 28, 2019

I want to share the story of our beautiful daughter, Fynlee. I hope to share what life is like when faced with a disease you or the doctors don't know much about.My name is Makenzie, I am 23 years old...

Jessica Jessica

I have AIP, it does not have me.

Jessica, Acute intermittent porphyria, United States, February 28, 2019

My name is Jessica and I have Acute intermittent porphyria.When I was twelve, I was bitten by an infected mosquito and contracted Spinal Meningitis as well as Encephalitis at the same time. During thi...

What I Thought Was the Flu...

What I Thought Was the Flu...

Sharan, GPA, United States, February 28, 2019

I thought I had the flu, and after several days in my local hospital, I was told I had terminal lung cancer. After a second look, doctors decided it wasn't cancer, but they knew I needed to get to a d...

Misophonia

Misophonia

Katie, Misophonia, United States, February 28, 2019

My daughter suffers from Misophonia. She struggles with the way I pronounce the letter “S” in any word. Therefore, it’s been almost impossible to have a relationship with her. My heart is broken by th...

Natalie Natalie

CRPS

Natalie, Complex regional pain syndrome, United States, February 28, 2019

My daughter, Natalie, was diagnosed with CRPS in 2017.  Since then she has had periods varying from no pain at all, to being confined to a wheelchair and walker and is now back to walking with PT.CRPS...

I was born this way!

I was born this way!

Angelica, Tuberous sclerosis complex, United States, February 28, 2019

I was born with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex. My mother passed it on to me and my brother without knowing. She never really had any symptoms. My brother at the age of 4, had seizures and was treated &am...

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