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Reaching a Milestone as We Prepare for Kindergarten

Soon, I will attend a meeting to discuss transitioning my 4-year-old son, Cayden, to elementary school during the next school year. I’m both nervous and excited about the meeting and the transition. I knew this day would come, but it feels as if it snuck up on us faster than…

My Son Is Finally Showing an Interest in Eating

From the time he was born four years ago until now, my son, Cayden, has struggled with eating orally. Because of his infantile-onset Pompe disease, Cayden has weak muscles all over his body, including his mouth and the muscles involved in swallowing. He can’t swallow properly and often would…

How I Make Pompe Disease Treatment Days Fun

After receiving my diagnosis of late-onset Pompe disease, it felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. Finding out that I had a rare disease with a treatment was amazing. At the time, I don’t think I comprehended the fact that those treatments would last forever.

I Was Surprised by the Results of My Son’s Sleep Study

My 4-year-old son, Cayden, completed a sleep study in October. We’ve been waiting for his pulmonary specialist to call with the results, and we finally received them. While we didn’t get the news we were hoping for, I’m relieved that we were able to complete the study in…