30 million Americans have had this happen and 50% of them are children. Seems like a big number...but when you consider there are nearly 7,000 rare diseases..the number of people with a specific disease drops. Being told your child has a rare disease is mind-numbing. Being told that they don't know the cause and there is no cure is terrifying. And watching your child suffer while you stand helplessly by, throws you into a black void.
|Hank and his siblings standing together in support of all those with PRS and other rare diseases!|
When Hank was diagnosed in 2008, my family spent hours upon hours, searching the Internet for help, calling doctors, talking to friends...looking for someone who knew something! It was a horrifying and lonely time. Knowing that our 7 year old's face was changing...that his cheek was nothing but skin and bones...was the scariest time of our lives.
|Hank's Dad wearing green for Hank!|
|PRS mom and friend, Milly, shows her green and her support!|
Having a diagnosis of Parry Romberg Syndrome is difficult...because no two cases are alike! I can't compare Hank to another child...because I don't know if their symptoms will be the same. Some have tissue involvement...some have tissue and bone. Does Hank have bone involvement?...I don't know! And trying to figure out why they all have PRS...it is a never-ending puzzle...some have similar experiences prior to the on-set of symptoms...all little clues...but we need someone to put it all together!
I am passionate about raising awareness for Parry Romberg Syndrome, in hopes of a cure...and in knowing the cause! We are so fortunate to have the Internet and places to connect online, like "The Romberg Connection." I am grateful for the other families, like mine, who are doing what they can to figure this disease out, to share information, to search for treatment and to support one another.
Green is Hank's favorite color. In honor of Hank and Rare Disease Day, we ask people to wear green today. Talk about this today with your family and friends. Share about this day with your coworkers and go online and look at the Rare Disease Day website. It's only through education and sharing information, will we make a difference!
"Alone we are rare...together we are strong."
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