World Rare Disease Day is one month away! This year it happens on February 29, the rarest day of the year!
I'm not sure what, if anything, we are doing for Rare Disease Day this year. This may be the most we do is this blog post and change the profile pictures on Princess's Facebook Page and my own. Why is it that I'm not sure if I want to do anything for Rare Disease Day?
Well, there's a few reasons to that. Even though Princess is in preschool and we could get a lot of support from her friends and the parents, I'm not sure it's worth it. It's kind of difficult to explain things like this to preschoolers.
On top of that, being the parent of a child with an invisible rare disease is lonely. Yes, I have found a few people online who have children who also suffer with the disorder, but there are only 4 of them. So it's pretty lonely when your child has a disease that no one even knows how prevalent it is.
I follow a lot of kiddos on Facebook: preemies, kids with kidney issues, other rare diseases. Every time one of them has blood pressure or potassium issues, my heart skips a beat. Might I be able to help another family get a diagnosis? Might there be another child somewhere with this disorder? Sadly, most of the issues appear to be related to other disorders or problems.
Princess's illness is invisible. It's controlled by medication. On occasion, I've been able to talk to other parents. I try to avoid saying the mouthful that is her diagnosis. I don't know why I do that, but I feel it's easier if I just break it down for people as to what it truly is. Sometimes I relate it to a food allergy. But it's not a food allergy, but that's kind of the closest thing that I can relate it to so people understand. She wouldn't get sick as quick as with an allergy causing anaphylxis. Sadly, I don't know how quickly she would retain potassium if she wasn't on her medication. It's not something I want to find out. Hyperkalemia usually is diagnosed because of something else. The symptoms of muscle fatigue, weakness, heart arrhythmia, nausea are usually symptoms of lots of things. So it's not like she would necessarily show symptoms. And besides, with here CP, the whole muscle weakness thing is difficult to tell anyway.
I'm not sure what to do as Princess gets older either. Is she even going to want to tell her classmates why she can't have bananas or pizza or french fries? I guess I'm going to leave it up to her as to whether we ask her classmates to wear jeans or we make ribbons to pass out. So I guess we are in a transition phase right now. I did create new profile pictures through Global Genes. And I'm contemplating the "Denim Dash" but maybe not this year. Maybe next year, being it's a virtual 5k.
|This is my profile picture on my personal Facebook page.|
|This is the one for Princess's Facebook page.|
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