For about the past year and a half I've been working with Amanda Leigh, author of the books Scarred, My Heart is Yours and some great poetry collections, on an anthology of stories from the cystinosis community. We've collected stories from people all over the world whose lives have been affected in one way or another… Continue reading Strength: Lives Touched by Cystinosis Cover Reveal!
Lately I've thinking about how my life has been clearly divided between life before cystinosis and life after. This feeling is never more apparent than when I'm looking back at old photographs of Elsie. Although she's had cystinosis all of her life we didn't know about it until she was 15 months old. That's 15 months we had of… Continue reading Looking Back
About a week and a half ago Elsie and I attended the Cystinosis Research Foundation's Day of Hope family conference and it was amazing! It's a yearly conference that the CRF holds in Newport Beach where families, doctors and researchers come together and get to know one another, share their wisdom, and learn about all of… Continue reading The Day of Hope Family Conference 2017
At the end of this last year in November we were fortunate enough to have an appointment with a biochemical disease doctor, Dr Galina Nesterova, who just so happens to have a lot of experience treating people with cystinosis. It was so amazing to finally be able to talk with an expert in the field… Continue reading The Year Ahead
I've been thinking about writing a post like this for a long time now, but have never felt like I've truly embraced it. Right when Elsie was diagnosed I knew that I would have to keep myself healthy and happy if I wanted to really take care of her properly. You hear all the time about how… Continue reading Take Care of Yourself as Well!
I recently wrote an essay for Tribe Magazine titled,"The Heartbreak of a Picky Eater." In it I talk about how difficult it is to have a child that refuses to eat no matter how hard you try, and feeling judged by others for their skinny appearance. But what I didn't talk about is when it's more than… Continue reading When It’s More Than Just Picky Eating
This post originally appeared on The Mighty I never had an interest in public speaking, in fact I avoided it as much as humanly possible. It always made me think of those times in high school when I had to present a project to the class. My heart beat so fast I could barely breathe… Continue reading My Listen To Your Mother Experience
A lot of people with cystinosis struggle with thermoregulation; the ability to regulate body temperature. The cause of this is not entirely known. As with most symptoms related to cystinosis, some people experience them and others don't. A lot of parents have noted that their child doesn't seem able to sweat, while others state that… Continue reading Tips For Keeping Your Child Cool in the Heat
On Sunday July 10th, The Children's Wish Foundation is hosting the 5th Annual Princess and Pirates Tea Party, right here in the Lower Mainland! The Princess & Pirates Tea Party raises funds for wish granting and is also an opportunity for children to welcome a little magic into their lives and let their creativity run wild! It includes a… Continue reading Help Layla’s Wish Come True
A few weeks ago I was browsing Instagram and stumbled across the TinySuperheroes feed and immediately got that excited feeling I get when I see every day people doing beautiful things for warrior children. There was picture after picture of cute and adorable kids all in superhero capes and their enormous smiles said it all. As… Continue reading Tiny Superheroes