Having hope sometimes is a gigantic challenge. A challenge so unsourmantable that it leaves you in tears and gives you sleepless nights. You cry. You scream. You fall asleep in tears. But then you wake up, dust yourself off and move forward, one day at a time. One hour at a time. Focusing on the present becomes imperative. One of the reasons why I have a hard time being part of support groups in general is because there are oftenRead More →

Sometimes, when I sit down and think about it, I forget that the kind of stuff we deal with on a daily basis isn’t normal for most people. I forget, because after 20 years, they are normal for us, and even though I have a healthy child to remind me of the opposite, I choose to just live my day without comparing. Do not let anyone tell you that is foolish to have hope. It’s what keeps me going. HopeRead More →

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Rare Disease Day in February 28th this year! Nicky was featured on the Global Genes website back in 2014. As always, we are very open to share our story to gain awareness about Epidermolysis Bullosa. I can’t speak for other parents of kids with EB, let alone parents of kids with other disabilities, but I welcome questions about Nicky. I want to help shape the perception that anyone might have about people with disabilities. IRead More →

A lot of times, when seeing articles posted about children with EB, we see these sorts of titles: Girl can’t hug parents because rare skin condition causes her to blister when touched Video: Mom Can’t Hug Baby  Little Boy Blisters When He’s Touched Due to Rare Disorder Adorable five-year-old girl can’t hug her mum because of rare fragile skin disorder Heartbreaking: Parents Can’t Hold Baby For Fear Her Skin Will Come Off ‘Blister baby’ whose skin is so sensitive sheRead More →

  As I was changing Nicky’s bandages last night I noticed how much better his wound mass is compared to just a few years ago. The cream (from the Stanford trial) and other things I’ve been adding to the various previous creams I used for the past few years have truly made a difference.  Our motto has been and always is “no wounds” and that’s why I over-pad areas prone to itching to make sure his skin can heal orRead More →

Nicky was born on November 25th, 1996 and was diagnosed with Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa (RDEB). EB is a rare genetic skin disorder, his body does not produce a vital protein that glues the layers of his skin together, hence the slightest friction causes painful blisters and wounds. His body has to be covered with special wound products and bandages to allow his wounds to heal and protect his skin from further damage. There is no treatment or cure atRead More →

This was an important week for Epidermolysis Bullosa Awareness. An article about a boy in Germany that was treated with skin grafts from Dr. De Luca in Italy is making the rounds around the world. (Here’s the link for the CNN article). The original research article that was published on Wednesday (the link is here) explains how it was all done. It’s complicated stuff, but here’s a quote from the CNN article that explains how it works: To obtain theRead More →

Several years ago I happened upon a reply to a post about a child with severe RDEB in a special need parenting forum and one of the commenters stated that they should just “kill him”. That comment got a lot of likes and it got me very, VERY, VERY upset. I was irate. I could not sleep for days. That same week another EB mom had to defend herself from similar commentaries. On her blog she stated that her childRead More →