Author Archives: Keara Engle

Watching My Son Go Into Respiratory Arrest Was Terrifying

Last week, I experienced every parent’s worst nightmare. When my 3-year-old son, Cayden, woke up the other day, I noticed he was coughing a lot more than usual. I prepared to do what we do every morning: remove his BiPAP machine and deliver his breathing treatments, which consist of…

Not Everyone Can Eat Holiday Meals

Thanksgiving and Christmas are often associated with two things: food and family. But what about those who can’t eat? My 3-year-old son, Cayden, is picking up on the fact that he cannot eat orally. With the holiday season just around the corner, I’m worried about how this will affect him.

Recognizing My Son for His Abilities, Not His Disabilities

Oftentimes, a person with a rare disease may struggle with day-to-day activities such as walking, talking, eating, and getting dressed. This is the case for my 3-year-old son, Cayden. At the young age of 1 month, Cayden was diagnosed with a very rare genetic disease known as infantile-onset Pompe…

Making Hard Decisions for My Child With a Rare Disease

Although my 3-year-old son, Cayden, loves preschool, I had to make a tough decision not to send him for a while. We have officially entered cold and flu season. While most parents don’t look forward to this time of year, it’s especially terrifying for me. Cayden’s infantile-onset Pompe disease…

Explaining My Son’s Rare Disease to Medical Professionals

In a perfect world, we might expect doctors and nurses to know about every medical issue that could possibly arise. However, this just isn’t possible. Although these professionals go through many years of schooling, they can’t be taught about every disease, especially if it’s a rare one. Over the years,…

Fighting With Insurance About Lifesaving Medication

We are no strangers to our insurance company. While it’s been great in most aspects, we still have to battle it from time to time. Unfortunately, this happens quite often with rare disease patients.  Due to his infantile-onset Pompe disease, my 3-year-old son, Cayden, has to…