Powering Through Pompe – a Column by Keara Engle

Keara is located in south-central Pennsylvania and has lived there her whole life. Keara is a single mother to a little boy with Pompe disease who was born in 2018. She hopes that her column, “Powering Through Pompe,” will bring comfort to those that are also dealing with Pompe disease. She remembers how scary it was when her son was first diagnosed and wants to help guide others through their journey. Keara is excited for this opportunity and is proud to be working with this site’s publisher, BioNews.

My Son’s Good News From His Checkup With the Pulmonologist

Last week, my 4-year-old son, Cayden, had a routine checkup with his pulmonary specialist. These visits occur about every six months. While we are certainly used to the appointments, we left with a great report this time, which isn’t always the case. Cayden’s pulmonologist has been seeing him since before…

I’m Anxious to Meet My Son’s New ENT Specialist

While my 4-year-old son, Cayden, is no stranger to specialists, it’s always a bit nerve-wracking to meet a new doctor. No matter how many doctors we see, I always worry that Cayden will be too much for them to take on, due to his infantile-onset Pompe disease. We…

Toddlers Can Experience Chronic Pain, Too

Recently, I reached out to some other moms in our Pompe family to ask about a concern I’ve had for a while. I’ve noticed my 4-year-old son, Cayden, is complaining of pain more than ever. It’s mainly in his legs, but I assume he gets aches and pains elsewhere.

Switching Therapists Has a Big Impact on Our Lives

My 4-year-old son, Cayden, has been receiving multiple therapies every week for years. He started physical therapy when he was an infant, then speech therapy, and eventually occupational therapy. All are important for those with infantile-onset Pompe disease, which Cayden was diagnosed with at just 1 month.