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Foundation for Prader-Willi Blog | Stories of Hope

‘Most exceptional human being that I know’: PWS Mom Inspired by Son

A special contribution by guest blogger Rebecca Krylow. Rebecca shared her story via our Stories of Hope Questionnaire. How has your child exceeded your expectations? Joey is truly the most exceptional human being that I know. He is kind; considerate...

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Schaaf-Yang Syndrome Heroes Say, 'You Can do Hard Things!'

A special contribution by guest blogger Leslie Born “No degree, or training, or book, or conversation, could have ever prepared me to be the parent of a child with a disability.” – Amanda Griffith-Atkins These words ring so true that some days I can’...

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FPWR Board President 'Find What Brings You Hope'

A special contribution by guest blogger Jeannine Kowal, FPWR Board President Share your story via our Stories of Hope Questionnaire. Caitlin's birth was uneventful. Caitlin's birth was induced at thirty‑nine and a half weeks because of growth concern...

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Pushing Beyond Her Comfort Zone, PWS Mom Advocates for Child's Future

A special contribution by guest blogger Charlotte Kellar. Charlotte shared her story via our Stories of Hope Questionnaire. How has your child exceeded your expectations? Let me count the ways … To doubt your own child is one of the worst feelings in...

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Grandma Takes One SMALL Step for PWS Research

A special contribution by guest blogger Diane Schantin When Austin was born, our whole family was up at the hospital celebrating. I vividly remember the nurses coming in to check his vitals, watching their faces and hearing, “Oh my God.” His blood su...

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Dispelling the Myths Of Our Life With PWS

A special contribution by guest blogger Lisa Matesevac Our youngest child, Evan, was born in 2006. Little did I know what big changes were coming in our lives. I knew we would be outnumbered with three children. I knew we would have sleepless nights....

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Hoops to End Hunger - How One Family Turned March Madness into PWS Awareness

Nikol Maher, mom to Jack, turned her fear into determination using the family's love of sports. Jack was diagnosed with PWS when he was 3 weeks old. The news devastated our family and we could not begin to explain how fearful we were for our sweet bo...

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Your Child Will Be Your Hero

A special contribution by guest blogger Lindsey Larson Elliot earned the nickname “hero” before he was even born. I was 20 weeks along with our triplets, and I had noticed our only boy (Elliot), hadn’t moved in quite some time. Concerned, I called my...

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Why I Will Always Celebrate the Beauty of My Son’s Rare Disease

The last day of February is Rare Disease Day. This special guest blog by Rebecca was originally published on Rare Disease Day in 2016, and we're republishing to share with you this year. If you're inspired by her story, please consider making a donat...

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'The Growth Was Within Myself': A PWS Mom Counts Blessings

A special contribution by guest blogger Joni Augustine. Joni shared her story via our Stories of Hope Questionnaire. How has your child exceeded your expectations? Branden was born 30 years ago, before there were so many wonderful resources. I was to...

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