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Foundation for Prader-Willi Blog | Stories of Hope

‘She’s Changed Our Family Forever’: Claire Carucci’s Story of Hope

A special contribution by guest blogger Claire Carucci. Our 17-month-old daughter Caroline has Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS), and it has forced me to be stronger than I ever thought I would need to be. When I was looking at this little baby in the hosp...

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“Change Invites Us to Reimagine, and That’s Such a Gift” Says PWS Hero

A special contribution by guest blogger Julie Foge Eliza turned eight this month, and it’s hard to put into words just how much our life has changed in that span of time. I knew it would the moment we got her diagnosis, of course, but it didn’t happe...

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​​Why I’m Crossing the Globe for FPWR’s Annual Conference

A special contribution by guest blogger Will Greene When our son Ari was diagnosed with Prader-Willi syndrome in January 2022, FPWR emerged as a beacon of hope in our caregiver journey. That’s why I’m making the long trip from Singapore to Chicago to...

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"It's a Decade of Declan!" Says PWS Hero and Mom

A special contribution by guest blogger Allison Shelton On the occasion of Declan’s tenth birthday this past April 14th, I wrote, “It’s a decade of Declan!” More completely, it has been a decade of our family living in the world of Prader-Willi syndr...

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‘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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