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serdar, Mowat-Wilson syndrome, Turkey, March 5, 2019

merhaba benim adım TUNÇ izmir Türkiye de yaşıyorum 7 yaşındayım 2012 yılında mws doğdum yürüyemiyorum konuşamıyorum desteksiz oturamıyorum. enbüyük desteği annem ve babam dan alıyorum müzik dinlemeye ...

Lakshmi Lakshmi

The Feeling of Dread

Lakshmi, Relapsing polychondritis, United States, March 4, 2019

"Not Again," was my first thought when my doctor told me that my immune system is attacking me and causing the inflammation that is making both my ears red, swollen, tender (not to mention painful). H...

Tyliah Tyliah

Wolman Disease took our granddaughter & grandson

Selena, Wolman disease, United States, March 3, 2019

Our granddaughter Tyliah was diagnosed with Wolman Disease when she was 3 months old. We spent a lot of time at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. She started getting infusions of a drug called Kanuma. W...

Sierra Sierra

My daughter Sierra

Lora, Prader-Willi syndrome, United States, March 3, 2019

My daughter Sierra has surivived more in her life then most adults. From being born with Prader wills syndrome, to having diabetes, to having a massive stroke at 17 yrs old she is my hero during all t...

Cystic Angiomatosis

Cystic Angiomatosis

Naomi, Cystic Angiomatosis, United Kingdom, March 2, 2019

Hi,In September of last year I was incorrectly diagnosed with metastatic cancer with an unknown primary (aged 36). After multiple biopsies and a splenectomy I have now been diagnosed with Cystic Angio...

Rare Disease: Fibrosing Mediastinitis

Rare Disease: Fibrosing Mediastinitis

Dawnyell, Fibrosing mediastinitis, United States, March 1, 2019

I was recently diagnosed with this rare disorder a few weeks ago called Fibrosing Mediastinitis. Currently this condition is not curable and since it was left untreated, it has caused major complicati...

Isaac's and 3 ANES

Isaac's and 3 ANES

Juliana, ANE, Brazil, March 1, 2019

Gender: MaleAge: 6 yearsDiagnosis:  SUSCEPTIBILITY TO ACUTE INFECTIOUS INDUCED ENCEPHALITIS 3.No. OMIM: 608033 mutation in the gene RANBP2 Presence in: Heterozygosis (one copy). He already suffered 3 ...

Me Me

Art & My Life

Nur, Mucopolysaccharidosis type 4A, Malaysia, March 1, 2019

I have been diagnosed with Mucopolysaccharidosis type 4A. Art is my life. After finishing secondary school, I went to music/keyboard class, then learnt Folk Art, and I am now continuing my love toward...

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...


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


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...


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