“Blessed to Have Her Here” -Sarah

02Sep 2020

Pioneer. Verb. A person who is among the first to develop or be the first to use or apply (a new method, area of knowledge, or activity). Parent or grandparent of an individual with special needs, do you feel like a pioneer? Well, you are!

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11Aug 2020

Education is one of the key parts of our mission here at the ACD. This “Creatine Decoded” blog post gives a brief overview of a topic near and dear to many of us as CCDS parents: what science and psychological theory say about what therapies work for our kiddos related to their behaviors. The ACD recently held a webinar focused on supporting parents in the CCDS community in regards to challenging behaviors.  I’m not sure about you, but we have seen an increase in behaviors the past few months in our house!

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15Jun 2020

“School closed,” says Sam for the 14th time today. I take a deep breath. If I don’t answer him, he’ll just keep going.   Continue reading

02Jun 2020

My son recently said my name for the first time. I don’t mean he called me Mommy. He says that about a hundred times a day, even when he gets a response. He said my actual name. Continue reading

19May 2020

When it became clear that I would be caring for my son into his adult life, I knew that I had to make sure my body and mind would be ready for that. I knew I had to be as strong and durable as possible. Continue reading

06Mar 2020

The following is our journey into using Medical Marijuana (MMJ) with our son who has CTD, autism, and epilepsy. For those of us in OH, this is a new option in the treatment of seizures and most of us have little to no experience in the medical use of this product. In talking with other families, I realize that there’s a lot of confusion, stigma, and fear, but also curiosity, surrounding the use of MMJ in the treatment of epilepsy and other conditions, so I thought I would share what I’ve learned thus far on our journey with MMJ. Continue reading

05Feb 2020

I wanted to talk a bit about something that my son said to me last year. This surely stuck out in my mind as important to share here. I’m sure a large number of readers are parents or caregivers of a loved one with a creatine deficiency. Some parents may have more than one child. And given that every family dynamic is different and each affected child is unique, this is just our own family’s experience that led to this topic. Continue reading

20Jan 2020

Pictured: Dr. Sonja Sucic from the Medical University of Vienna presenting on pharmacochaperoning at the Creatine Deficiency Workshop in Rotterdam in September 2019

Being a CCDS/CTD mom, I understand that it can be very easy to put a huge amount of hope in the idea of prospective treatments. The exciting news is that it’s not just a cliché to say that we can each make a difference. Our individual participation in the research process is vital and necessary to help researchers in the quest to find a cure for CTD. There are researchers around the world working on innovative new ideas for therapies that could really work to help our loved ones. Providing access to patient data is in our hands as parents and caregivers, and it is not an understatement to say that if we don’t do our job, the researchers can’t do their jobs. Continue reading

28Aug 2016

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So this is my second post about Ella, who is 7 in a few weeks’ time! It’s scary how quickly they grow. In my last post I tried to keep to the point and just give you Ella’s background and how far she’s come. I thought this time I would say a bit about us and our relationship- how we manage day to day activities.

I remember when Ella was first diagnosed. The most difficult bit, I think, was the not knowing- what are we dealing with? What do we expect? And as you ask the question as many times as you can think of different ways of saying it – the answer is always the same: “We’re not sure, but time will tell!” This is what parents are told, as probably all CCDS parents have experienced!14114527_851486564986090_798315164_o (1)

What also was difficult was having a child that was growing but that cognitively was staying the same – that was tough. She didn’t mind – she was quite happy to carry on playing on her rocking horse or chewing soft toys, I found that difficult to understand how to fulfill her needs, she wants to play with baby toys still but is that helping her to develop? Versus I want to encourage her to use more grown up toys – but she didn’t want to or didn’t understand the concept. Ultimately, I decided that actually all that matters is that she’s happy and enjoying herself so we tried child led play.

Now, my baby is no longer my baby! She’s my grown up girl who is obsessed with Barbie and bracelet charms and princesses!! Though, luckily she still has a sporty side! Her engagement with pretend play games amazes me, her attention to detail from conversations she’s recalled and how inclusive she is with all her toys and most importantly, her imagination! I struggle to keep up with the story line, but it’s usually around getting ice cream, going to see the doctor, and then going diving or to the park! The magic of being able to listen to her having back and forth conversations, with voice changes included, makes my heart melt every single time. I guess that over time, I’ve come to realise- what does it matter? How she is or where she will get to? 3 years ago for her to focus on my eyes for more than just a passing glance would have been a miracle, now she talks for Britain and is 100% understanding and engaged in all conversations directly with her or ones she overhears!

14075206_851485164986230_1662237053_o (1)For her to be where she is, leaves no doubt in my mind that she will continue to progress. But if she was to plateau, that would be ok too, because I know we’ve already been blessed to have her here anyway. What’s the point in trying to second guess the future? I, like many parents here, have lost countless nights worrying about the future for Ella, worrying about things that I have no control over! Right in the here and now, I am so lucky to be able to witness her grow and develop and change from a child into a little girl with opinions and expectations- of me and of life! The only hope that I have is that I can meet those expectations for her, because she deserves the world!

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