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.

When plans for my son’s home infusion go haywire

Every month, we receive a package at our house for my 6-year-old son, Cayden, worth almost $14,000. What could cost so much, you might wonder? Life-saving medication. Cayden receives biweekly infusions of Nexviazyme (avalglucosidase alfa), as enzyme-replacement infusions are currently the only treatment option for Pompe disease, which…

A rare scheduling snafu catches me off guard

I was recently confronted with some scheduling issues. While it’s not the first time this has happened, it’s also not very common. I was on my way to the lab to take my glucose test for my current pregnancy when I received a text from our home nursing agency’s case…

Increasing a dose of medicine can be nerve-wracking

Note: This column describes the author’s son’s experiences with Nexviazyme and Lumizyme. Not everyone will have the same response to treatment. Consult your doctor before starting or stopping a therapy or changing its dose. My 6-year-old son, Cayden, has received infusions of enzyme replacement therapy for the entirety…

A new wheelchair-accessible home is perfect for my son with Pompe

House hunting isn’t easy, especially when you’re searching for an affordable wheelchair-accessible home. But thankfully, we managed to find a beautiful one that fits our monthly budget for rent, and drumroll … it’s wheelchair accessible! We’ve been planning to move for quite a while. My 6-year-old son, Cayden, isn’t…