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.
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!
When it comes to the inherent nature of drugs, we believe that they aren’t inherently good or inherently evil; it’s the context that matters and defines their usage. See how the drugs, thalidomide and sodium valproate, have danced between being called Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, depending on the context of their usage, and discover the lessons learned from this tale of two contexts.