#SeasonofSmiles – Whitnie

05Nov 2022

“Awareness” – Lacy

I find myself thinking a lot about awareness. It has been a buzzword in our lives for the past five years since we found out that Jacob has Creatine Transporter Deficiency. It is a diagnosis we never thought we would get mainly because we had never even heard of it. Continue reading

16Dec 2021

Creatine Decoded: ACD-Funded CTD Drug Repurposing Fellowships Make Progress in Year One

Patient Samples from Coriell Biobank in Studies Seeking to Understand CTD Mutations & Explore Existing FDA-Approved Drugs as Potential Treatments

#CreatineDecoded is a quarterly educational essay series that sheds light on research relevant for Cerebral Creatine Deficiency Syndromes (CCDS). The essays and interviews feature community contributors, often parents, who with the help of the ACD, explore in their own words the CCDS science you want to know more about.

Have a topic in mind? Send suggestions to Laura Trutoiu, ACD Director of Research auract@creatineinfo.org. Continue reading

29Nov 2021

“A Diagnosis is a Chance at Hope” – Carlie

By way of background, I am new to the CCDS community. Our 8-year-old son was diagnosed with CTD on 1 April 2021. Yes, April Fools Day, almost appropriate given the various false starts we had on the diagnosis path.

Up until that day in April, plenty of letters had been thrown our way – GDD, SPD, ID, ASD. But for me nothing really explained what was happening to our little man. It is easy to look back with hindsight and see the times we were dismissed by doctors, despite the red flags. We were close several times to maybe heading down the right path, but a doctor didn’t want to see us as a patient (our urine sample was elevated but not out of the realm of normal) or I was told we should just wait and see how he develops (only to also be told the early years are the most important for intervention, sigh). Continue reading

23Nov 2021

“Our Life with Epilepsy” – Nathan

Hello again, CCDS family, sorry it has been a while since I have contributed to the blog, but I am thankful to have the chance to be talking to you again. As this is Epilepsy Awareness Month, I wanted to share some of my thoughts, feeling, and, most importantly, the lessons I am learning along the way. I tried to keep this blog post short but that didn’t work. I also tried to keep it honest, so I did not hold back. Continue reading

27Oct 2021

“Cerebral Creatine Deficiency Syndromes: The Road from Diagnosis to Therapies” – Erin

I think most parents of children with Creatine Transporter Deficiency (CTD), like me, are painfully aware of the statement, “CTD is not treatable.” The day of my son Cadman’s diagnosis (he’s now 6, and was diagnosed just before his second birthday through whole exome genetic testing), there was a slight sense of relief that we finally had an answer and our diagnostic journey had come to an end, but devastation to find out that there is no treatment available for his disorder. Continue reading

05Oct 2021

“Bye, mom” – Nancy

“Bye mom!” These were words I had longed to hear for nearly two years. Our youngest son, Sam, graduated high school in June of 2019. In October of 2019, we sold our home of 20 years in the suburbs and bought a 9-acre farm in the country. It was another step toward providing our nonprofit, Good Works Farm, a space to provide farm-based programming for individuals with special needs, like Sam. Continue reading

30Sep 2021

Creatine Decoded: The power of patient registries and patient-led research initiatives

How CCDS Families and Caregivers Can Drive ResearchCreatine Decoded: The power of patient registries and patient-led research initiatives – How CCDS Families and Caregivers Can Drive Research

#CreatineDecoded is a quarterly educational essay series that sheds light on research relevant for Cerebral Creatine Deficiency Syndromes (CCDS). The essays and interviews feature community contributors, often parents, who with the help of the ACD, explore in their own words the CCDS science you want to know more about.

This interview is brought to you by Kirsten Wiebe, Science Writer at the University of British Columbia, Dr. Sylvia Stockler, MD, University of British Columbia, and Sofia Balog, ACD Patient Registry Coordinator.

Have a topic in mind? Send suggestions to Laura Trutoiu, ACD Director of Research auract@creatineinfo.org. Continue reading

20Nov 2017

#SeasonofSmiles – Whitnie

As we approach the holiday season, it is customary to reflect and give thanks for the blessings we have. It’s also the season of giving and a time of year when many open their hearts and wallets to share in their blessings and give back to many meaningful charities.

For me, I enjoy the opportunity to live on both sides of this giving equation. I am blessed. I have a loving husband and three beautiful children. Our life is wonderful. We play sports, go to school and work, and enjoy everything that we can as a family of five. We raise our children to be kind and to give.

Our middle child suffers from an incurable rare, genetic disorder called X-linked Creatine Transporter Deficiency (CTD). His is one of three cerebral creatine deficiency syndromes and the reason I also find myself devoted to a nonprofit that is on the receiving end of this season of giving- receiving donations from AmazonSmile.

I joined The Association for Creatine Deficiencies a few years back in an attempt to help my son by helping others. My son’s disorder doesn’t have a treatment, but I rationalize my dedication to the cause in hopes that, in some way, I might make a difference, if not for him directly, for the others who will inevitably follow.

This journey that started out as self-preservation has evolved into a passion and a purpose. Today, the ACD is a thriving organization driven by mothers, just like me, who can’t give up hope that one day they will make a difference for their children and so many more.

AmazonSmile has touched our organization, not only financially, but spiritually. AmazonSmile is a way for our community, family, and friends to share in our purpose and to contribute to our cause in an effortless, yet significant, way.

A simple purchase that equates to a larger financial impact goes a long way toward helping the ACD sustain our mission to providing education, research opportunities, and support for patients diagnosed with GAMT, AGAT, and CTD. Participants in the

AmazonSmile program can share in our pride and accomplishments knowing that they too, can make a difference with a simple click on smile.amazon.com/ch/46-2133007….and, knowing you are making a difference makes everyone smile. Thank you Amazon! #seasonofsmiles #acd #ctd

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