Youth Mental Health Awareness Day took place on the 7th September 2020, and in support, the Findacure team launched the #RareMinds: Youth Campaign. This campaign looked to highlight some unheard voices in our rare disease community with a focus on teens and young adults. These were their stories!
This week’s blog is written by Dawn Baker, the mother of Joseph and Hannah Baker who you know from our #RareMinds: Youth Campaign on Facebook! Dawn has been brave enough to share her inner thoughts, worries and hopes as she continues to navigate Joseph’s diagnostic odyssey with CRMO beside him. You’ve heard how the rare disease CRMO affects her children, so now it’s time you heard how CRMO affects their mother, Dawn, as both a mom and a nurse living out of Texas.
This week’s blog is written by Dan Shockley, a retired U.S Navy Veteran who served in Operation’s Desert Storm, Endurance and Iraqi Freedom. In 2012, at the age of 51, Dan received a diagnosis of a rare gene mutation, attenuated familial adenomatous polyposis (AFAP). This life-changing event spurred Dan on to become a rare disease expert and colon-cancer ambassador, sharing his experiences in an effort to encourage and inspire fellow rare disease patients.
Heather was diagnosed with Fibrous Dysplasia at 10 years old. She has had multiple operations throughout her life and manages her own chronic pain. She also has problems with her thyroid, fatigue and spine. Heather joined FDSSUK as a member around 10 years ago, hoping to learn more about the disease and meet other patients. Heather now volunteers for FDSSUK and is the secretary. She is very passionate about raising awareness of the disease, and enjoys being part of a community that allows her to interact with other patients and carers. This is her lockdown story!
This week’s blog is written by Ashley Clarke. Ashley takes us back to when her dad was first diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease (HD), and reflects on her journey from daughter and carer to HD activist and lifestyle blogger. See how she’s living life in HD!