Early Years, Fun Stuff, Lifestyle

Strength: Lives Touched by Cystinosis is here!

I can't believe that this moment is finally here but it really is! The book that Amanda Leigh (author of Scarred, My Heart is Yours) and I have been working on, Strength: Lives Touched by Cystinosis is available now. It started as an idea I put out in one of the cystinosis support groups on Facebook, wondering… Continue reading Strength: Lives Touched by Cystinosis is here!

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Strength: Lives Touched by Cystinosis Cover Reveal!

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!

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The Day of Hope Family Conference 2017

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

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Tips For Keeping Your Child Cool in the Heat

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

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Beads of Courage and Bravery Buddies

As much as I try to shine a positive light on living with cystinosis and strive to treat Elsie like any other little girl, there is no denying that cystinosis can be heavy. She has a lot of responsibility pressing on her little shoulders and a lot of unpleasant experiences to endure. I've spent more than… Continue reading Beads of Courage and Bravery Buddies

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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