30 million people are living with rare diseases in the United States today. That’s 1 in 10 Americans. Worldwide, about 350 million people suffer from rare diseases. If all of the people diagnosed with rare diseases lived in one country, it would be the world’s 3rd most populated country. How wild is that? For how … Continue reading Rare isn’t so rare
For anyone with CLOVES (or any other disease) who has uneven sized feet or an overgrown foot, buying shoes can be a really difficult task. It's been hard for me all my life, and I've always had very limited options. Only New Balance has had a pair of shoes that work for me, and they … Continue reading New find!
If you or a family member has CLOVES, then you know that there aren’t many options available to help treat it. Invasive methods are out there, like de-bulking surgery or sclerotherapy, but many people may not want to jump right into difficult medical procedures like those. Instead, there is another relatively new alternative available. A … Continue reading Making the decision to start Sirolimus
If you have a rare disease with any kind of physical abnormality, then you most likely get a few stares when you’re out in public, maybe even on a daily basis (I sure do). And I’m going to be honest—it hurts. No matter how old you get or how confident you get, staring is one … Continue reading 5 things to remember when they stare
A fear of the unknown is common among many, especially those living with any kind of disease. Not knowing what lies in your future medically, socially, emotionally, and/or mentally can be incredibly unsettling. Back before CLOVES was even discovered, most people with this syndrome were misdiagnosed as children, if doctors could pinpoint a diagnosis at … Continue reading Why awareness is so important
This world tends to throw us curveballs left and right, and you never know when they’re coming for you. When they reach you, often they’re difficult to work through. And sometimes, the outlook gets bleak. You can fight something and do everything you can to get through certain hardships in life, but sometimes it seems … Continue reading Older and stronger
I never really thought my syndrome had a significant impact on me as a person. I was alone for most of my life, thinking I was the only person in the world with this rare disease. Until I was correctly diagnosed and met others like me, I really struggled with my differences. I was born … Continue reading My story