Two years ago Nicky started a clinical trial at Stanford with a cream called “Zorblisa” that helped his wounds heal quite a bit. This is not a cure, of course, but getting wounds not only healed but healed WELL is always paramount to ensure optimal health. No wounds = no infections and no cancer, which are the deadly complications of RDEB.  For us, preventing wounds to begin with became a quest. While we cannot claim this as a miracle cream or anything, with continuous use it has healed and kept healed areas that were open for a long time, so we’ve been pretty happy all in all. Specifically his left knee and left arm have been consistently much better than they used to be. The cream does not prevent new blisters, it just helps the healing, which with Nicky’s form of EB (Recessive Dystrophic, Generalized Severe) can get to the pointRead More →

Nicky’s inner strength is something I deeply admire. There are times that he still surprises me with his wit, the way he thinks and the way he handles things. He’s such a loving, deeply interesting boy for those that care enough and are lucky enough to get to know him. He suffers greatly as well though, and that fact can never be ignored. I took the following pictures this past month to give everyone a small glimpse of what his skin looks like under the bandages. He’s part of the SD -101 cream trial (http://ebstudy.com/) so if you think his wounds look better, it’s because they do. This is his right arm. It’s looking fantastic. I know, I know, it still looks painful, but considering how it looked like before, say a year ago, there is a big difference. This is his lower back. This area is harder to wrap becauseRead More →

I cling to the hope that someday in the not so distant future I will know what it means to see my son being free from the daily suffering he endures. In the meantime the only thing I can do is continue to spread awareness. I am not a millionaire nor a scientist. I can’t donate oodles of money for research and I also do not have either the skill nor the expertise to research how to actually find a cure for EB, so I must support those that do and continue my quest in getting this disorder known. The truth of the matter is that with enough money a cure will be found. There are now enough scientists that are trying all sorts of ways to treat EB if not cure it, and every parent of a child with his awful condition wants to be the first to getRead More →

As I posted yesterday, wound pics generate a barrage of negative comments on Facebook, they usually end up being reported and deleted, which is why I don’t post them there anymore. It’s just not worth getting banned over them when I can just post them here. This is EB-more specifically, Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa-Severe Generalized subtype. This is what my son has. I know very well how upsetting these photos are. They upset me greatly. However, what other way is there to fully explain the condition? I haven’t found another one that is this eloquent. There are no real need for words. I have some photos of his arms that are even more disturbing to me than these, but I want to take some new photos of those in a couple of months then I will post them. The truth is that I don’t like posting photos too often. EBRead More →