Early Years, Lifestyle

Advice I Have For Parents New To Cystinosis

Shortly after Elsie was diagnosed with cystinosis I was lying awake in bed one night, my mind full of thoughts and me desperately trying to silence them, when an idea popped into my head. Maybe I should start a blog. I felt scared, alone and broken and hated the idea of anyone else feeling this… Continue reading Advice I Have For Parents New To Cystinosis

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We Should All Care About Rare

Last year I read this post from Taylor's Tale: Why I'm Still Fighting Rare Disease and was shocked by the staggering numbers of patients and issues involved with rare diseases. I have been wanting to do my own research and post something similar ever since and with Rare Disease Day coming up on February 29th… Continue reading We Should All Care About Rare

Early Years, Fun Stuff, Lifestyle

Dream, Achieve, Inspire

Every two years the Cystinosis Research Network holds a family conference where families can get together for a few days, attend the many information sessions by leading experts in cystinosis patient care and children, teens and adults alike can have some fun. Sadly we have not had a chance to attend one of these conferences… Continue reading Dream, Achieve, Inspire

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My Daughter’s Disease is Not Useless Information

Recently a family in the cystinosis community made a shocking and upsetting discovery this past week in something that I'm assuming was meant to be a light hearted gift. We've all seen those bathroom books before, usually full of strange, little known facts meant to elicit a few chuckles. So when I saw a picture… Continue reading My Daughter’s Disease is Not Useless Information

Early Years, Fun Stuff, Lifestyle

Cystinosis Sunglass Day

That beautiful girl in the poster is Abbi, a fun loving soon to be 9 year old living with cystinosis. April 13th is her birthday and to celebrate for the past few years her school has done Sunglass Day, where kids could wear their sunglasses to school in honour of Abbi for a small donation,… Continue reading Cystinosis Sunglass Day

Early Years, Lifestyle

Preventative Bed Wetting Measures

Almost every person with cystinosis also has Fanconi's Syndrome (early diagnosis helps!), which causes, among other things, excessive urination. There's a great diagram in Jessica Jondle's book Roller Skating with Rickets (originally appeared in the Parent's Guide to Cystinosis) that depicts the kidneys as big water jugs missing a valve, where the cystinosis jugs are constantly emptying no matter… Continue reading Preventative Bed Wetting Measures

Fun Stuff, Lifestyle

Roller Skating with Rickets

Recently I finished reading the excellent book Roller Skating with Rickets by Jessica Jondle, a woman in her thirties living with cystinosis. It recounts her life with the disease, her struggles, many accomplishments and unwavering determination to not let cystinosis define who she is or what she can do. As soon as I heard about this book… Continue reading Roller Skating with Rickets