Kelly and Eric Koch became first-time parents when they welcomed a beautiful healthy girl named Clara. When sweet Clara’s baby teeth erupted and were shaped differently, the Kochs started on a long and humbling journey to understand why. The answer is a diagnosis that is one of the rare of the rare. Kelly bares her heart as she shares her journey as a new mom.
The Stollers spent the first few years of their daughter, Kambree’s life, trying to figure out what was causing all of her different, possibly unrelated, symptoms. When Kambree was finally diagnosed with ectodermal dysplasia, professionals and genetic testing couldn’t pinpoint which type she might have. Until an NFED Family Conference changed their life. They found something they didn’t realize they were seeking.
Possible ectodermal dysplasia. Genetic. Life-long battle. These are not the words a parent wants to hear about their sweet little girl. But, Ashley Braden heard them and she cried. Then she reached out to the NFED for help.
Dr. Angus Clark is investigating a new, noninvasive way to diagnose x-linked hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia in utero. His findings could help facilitate the upcoming clinical trial for treatment. We are proud to fund this work.
At 45, Erica Merriweather has spent a lifetime being treating differently, even bullied, because her teeth are different due to ectodermal dysplasia. Now, she’s fighting to get treatment.
With two young sons affected by hyphidrotic ectodermal dysplasia, Anissa Morgan has faced insurance denials, numerous hospitalizations, child care issues and finding doctors to treat them. That’s on top of learning how to care for their varied symptoms. But this determined mother has learned lessons along the way and is teaching her sons that they are well loved. Learn more here.
Jonathan Weil tells the story of how his family grew in strength and knowledge after his daughter, Maddie’s, diagnosis with ecodermal dysplasias. They’ve come a long way from feeling helpless.
Sharing stories with local press is a powerful tool to raise awareness about ectodermal dysplasias and the challenges many face getting the health insurance coverage they need. Christine Gottschalk details how families and individuals can raise awareness for the Ensuing Lasting Smiles Act through the press.