A teenager affected by ectodermal dysplasia speaks from the heart in this poignant poem. Can you relate?
Aubrey Stratz is your typical four-year-old girl who loves dancing, unicorns and dressing up as a princess. She’s happy and healthy. She adores her big brother, Max. What’s not typical about Miss Aubrey is the rare condition that affects her, hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia. What’s even more interesting is that her her dad was diagnosed, too, but has no symptoms.
Alex’s story started out just like any other story. The perfect little baby who fed well, was always normal on the growth charts and in general was a happy baby! We were also happy that he had the perfect little shaped head to be bald. You see, we did not know at the time that his extended baldness had anything to do with a rare genetic disorder, so we always joked it was a good thing his little baby head was shaped so perfectly.
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.