Blog Quotes

Don’t know what to say? Google “what to say to a special needs mom” or “what to say to a bereaved mom” and you will be inundated with amazing, perfect sentences you can add to your repertoire and make you look as the most amazing, empathetic person on the planet. Try it, seriously. You no longer need to abandon your friends and families when they need you, just Google what to say. You will be their hero forever. Nicky’s form of EB was one of the rarest, and as much as I admired and trusted his Doctors, I also knew that I – and Nicky once he was old enough to understand – had the final say inRead More

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Just like all EB patients are different, so are the parents. All I ask is a little respect. I’ve taken care of Nicky’s every need since he was born. Please allow me the benefit of the doubt that I know what I am doing. I’m maxed out with advice. And although I respect you, I don’t need you to judge me or assume. I need you to support me and believe in me. I’m doing the best I can.    I never learned to look down on the poor, the disabled, the disadvantaged, the elderly, and I never will. I don’t judge people I don’t know because I don’t know their story. I don’t know their sacrifices, IRead More

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As mothers (and fathers!) we have children for many reasons, none of which include seeing our babies in pain for decades nor burying them. The death of a baby is a scarring event, make no mistake about it. The thing that haunts me the most is that it’s so final. There is no hope to be had, it’s over. Having lost a baby at birth, I can honestly say, from first-hand experience, that the grief is absolutely and completely heart-wrenching. It is horrible. I lived in a sea of tears for months after Alex was stillborn and ’til this day the topic is just too much for me. The truth is, I love my Nicky just the wayRead More

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Women are a swirl of emotions as it is and my husband often tells me how on earth we live longer knowing how conflicted we are inside all the time. We are. We are emotional bags and this sort of experience is like a tornado of emotions. Forget tornado, how about a category 5 hurricane? Genetics are hard to explain. Trying to make people understand how my son inherited the disorder when his parents do not have the condition is a challenge. The reason why Recessive Dystrophic EB has the world “recessive” in the name is because this is a recessive gene, a gene that lies dormant unless it’s paired with another recessive gene, so one of themRead More

Quote on Being Supportive

We are all ill equipped to judge situations we know nothing about. What we can do is be supportive. Listening is the most important thing I tell everyone to do. Offer to help, acknowledge, respect. ~Silvia Corradin Post Views: 23

Caring Quote

We never know what people go through behind closed doors that may not share with anyone. Just because they didn’t share their troubles, it does not mean they are fine at all. ~Silvia Corradin Post Views: 21

Success Quote

Success is a word measured differently with kids like Nicky. I consider a “great” and “successful” day, when we’ve gotten through a day without choking, vomiting or screaming in pain, or when we can spend a few moments laughing. ~Silvia Corradin   Post Views: 23

Blog Quotes Part 12

Feel free to save them and share! To save the bigger version of the image, click on the image first to load it, then right click to save image. There is no sugar-coating EB or trying to make it worse than it is, we couldn’t imagine a worse condition, ever. It’s treasuring the little things that inspires to greater things… and it is the little things that make life worth living. I have a child that loves me more than anything, he is kind, compassionate, polite and an inspiration to anyone that meets him. When that storm hits, grab that umbrella and be kind to yourself, because life goes on. Maturity is patience. It is the willingness to passRead More

Blog Quotes Part 11

Feel free to save them and share! To save the bigger version of the image, click on the image first to load it, then right click to save image. The past cannot be changed, it can only be accepted. Real friends heal, they really do. If Nicky’s existence has taught me anything is not to judge situations I’ve never been in. The only thing I can do is be there for that person with an ear to listen and arms to hug. It’s hard to have hope when there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel, knowing that even if a light might be in our peripheral vision, it could very well be anRead More

Blog Quotes Part 10

Feel free to save them and share! To save the bigger version of the image, click on the image first to load it, then right click to save image. We all have bad days. I want to be able to vent my grief and frustrations without anyone making me feel guilty about them. I just want people to accept the fact that caregivers have feelings too and all we want is acceptance and understanding. EB is one of those conditions that is indifferent to race or gender, equally present in all populations on earth. Just because a condition is rare, that does not mean that people don’t suffer from it. There are millions of people that suffer fromRead More

Blog Quotes Part 9

Feel free to save them and share! To save the bigger version of the image, click on the image first to load it, then right click to save image. Believe me when I tell you, never in a million years I could possibly exaggerate Nicky’s condition. I became the parent who hopes against hope despite a horrible diagnosis, the parent who jumps out of bed the moment the child calls you even if you were in deep sleep, the parent that wants to believe in miracles. As time went on, the difference between him and his peers only widened, and I started turning a blind eye to his peers. I could not compare, I wouldn’t. I refused to.Read More

Blog Quotes Part 8

Feel free to save them and share! To save the bigger version of the image, click on the image first to load it, then right click to save image. But in this lifetime, my purpose is my son. My purpose is to raise awareness for this awful thing we live with every day. “How are you still smiling?” he asked me. I admit I didn’t know how to answer. “Because I don’t want to cry” is what I told him. I don’t know a single EB mom who wouldn’t sell her soul to take their child’s pain away and would surely give up any strength, wisdom and courage gained through their journey to see that happen. Having aRead More

Blog Quotes Part 7

Feel free to save them and share! To save the bigger version of the image, click on the image first to load it, then right click to save image. Never bad mouth the mother or father of your children to them. Never use your children against their other parent. NEVER! Be the first to say you’re sorry. Laugh until you cry and Love with all your heart. When you see someone suffering, don’t think for a minute that their life has no value, that their life does not matter. Because it does. So many well-wishers often tell us they hope he’ll be OK soon. They truth is, RDEB is degenerative. It gets worse and worse with age. HeRead More

Blog Quotes Part 6

Feel free to save them and share! To save the bigger version of the image, click on the image first to load it, then right click to save image. EB is one of those conditions that needs to be SEEN to be understood. I wanted to be known for what I LOVED, not for what I hated. I suppose in this life we need to recognize who cares about us and make sure to spend time with them. Anyone that feels these kids aren’t heroes, I don’t know who their heroes are… It goes without saying that if I had a dollar for every random treatment for EB people have tried to sell me I would be aRead More

Blog Quotes Part 5

Feel free to save them and share! To save the bigger version of the image, click on the image first to load it, then right click to save image. It’s also very important to note that EB is just an umbrella word. A word that throws together all blistering conditions no matter how they are inherited or how they manifest themselves. Back in the late 1800s/early 1900s, when the words Epidermolysis Bullosa first appeared, the Doctors told patients they had EB if they blistered. It’s like if Doctors bunched up together all conditions which feature rashes (eczema, psoriasis, rosacea or shingles) or conditions that feature the progressive deterioration of nerve cells (Tay-Sacks Disease, Parkinson’s & ALS). It’s extremelyRead More

Blog Quotes Part 4

Feel free to save them and share! To save the bigger version of the image, click on the image first to load it, then right click to save image. Time and patience have brought me a long way. I have a sense of peace about things that is hard to explain sometimes. I try my best to own the pain so it does not own me. I kept my personal bankruptcy, which resulted from our insurance company refusing to pay for supplies and other things a secret because I was so incredibly embarrassed and mortified about it. But the secret is out. I am not longer embarrassed or mortified, I am mad as hell. Just as every personRead More

Blog Quotes Part 3

Feel free to save them and share! To save the bigger version of the image, click on the image first to load it, then right click to save image. Nicky loves and cherishes his hands, and wrapping them is as important to wrap for us as any other part of his body. It’s just incomprehensible to me how this horrid disorder exists and it completely changes our view of life in ways we never knew we needed to know nor learn. Not sure I mentioned lately how much I hate EB. There you have it. I hate EB. This grief thing is just bizarre. I rarely think of Alex and cry anymore, good gosh, it has been nearlyRead More

Blog Quotes Part 1

This is the first of what will eventually be many posts over the next several months or longer of quotes pulled right out of this blog of mine. Feel free to save them and share! To save the bigger version of the image, click on the image first to load it, then right click to save image. While you stare at my child, is it too much to ask you to smile? A little smirk? A Wave? Small talk? “Hey kido, having a good day?”, anything will do. I promise you, he won’t bite. I have learned that life is far from fair and we would be better off flinging that thought as far from us as possible. EBRead More