As a baby, Weston Walker experienced all of the same issues his mom, Randi, had when she was born. He struggled to breathe. He choked and spit up a lot. He didn’t cut teeth. For Debbie Reed, Randi’s mom and Weston’s grandma, it was heartbreaking to live it all over again. They visited doctor after doctor, asking if this was normal. Read how a diagnosis changed how this grandma looks at life.
The National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias (NFED) family recently lost a patriarch. Joseph J. Barone passed away peacefully on February 23, 2018, shortly after a fall. He had reached the age of 97 years, which is quite an accomplishment in itself. But for someone like Joe, it was even more impressive.
EEC syndrome is a shared experience for several people in Karsen Buck’s family. The teen talks about the challenges she faces and what has her concerned about the future.
When Mason Langefeld still had not developed any teeth by his one-year-old check-up, his mom, Renee, decided to call a local dentist. He asked her a few questions that finally pointed them toward answers and a resource to help them care for their son. Read how they successfully fought their insurance company to pay for their son’s dentures.
NFED Founder Mary K. Richter remembers Lee Goggin, who passed unexpectedly following a tragic accident, as a man among men. In him, parents in the ectodermal dysplasias community saw a bright future for their own children which they now knew could include a beautiful wife and gorgeous, precious children.
In all her years as a PICU nurse, Amy Leverenz had never heard of ectodermal dysplasia until the day her daughter was diagnosed with the rare condition. She found the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias, educated her self and is now educating physicians and legislators. She’s on a mission to impact the lives of other families like hers for the better.
A Canadian mother trusted her instincts and had her son genetically tested when he didn’t develop all of his teeth. Their journey led to a diagnosis of odontoonychodermal dysplasia, a rare type of ectodermal dysplasia. It also explained symptoms for other family members. Read what Jamie Critchell is determined she must do now.
Growing up affected by hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia, Everett Hamilton never dreamed he would marry or have kids. Then, Sarah asked him on a first date and all of that changed.