Category Archives: Family

Anthems of Hope

Winter 2015-2016 has been heartbreaking  for families affected by MECP2 Duplication Syndrome all around the Northern hemisphere. So many of our affected family members have been seriously ill, in critical care, and sadly some have not survived. It has been crushing for families directly affected, and even those not directly affected feel some of that pain. It has been hard to keep the light of hope burning for many of us.

As the father of one of the lucky ones, who have so far made it through this winter untouched, I feel empathy for the many families who are suffering now— but I also feel guilty about our family’s good fortune and feel afraid that our luck will change. It is really hard to know what to say to the families that are hurting so badly right now. No words seem adequate. As difficult as it may be at times, we need to hold on to hope, no matter what comes. Continue reading

Family Talk Facebook Group

The MECP2 Duplication Syndrome Family Talk Facebook Group

MECP2 Duplication Syndrome Family TalkThis is a private Facebook group that links approximately 750 individuals from families affected by MECP2 Duplication Syndrome from around the world. Some members of the group are regular Facebook users while others become Facebook members solely to access the family talk group. Group members share practical information and social support.

Parents, Grandparents, Siblings, and  other relatives of children or adults with MECP2 Duplication Syndrome are welcome to join the group. Since family can be loosely defined, parents and guardians can choose to extend memberships to friends, caregivers, or others who they consider to be part of their families. Decisions about these “extended family members” are up to the parents or guardians of the individual with the syndrome.

Researchers or professionals in health, education, or other disciplines who are working in this field may request membership. These requests will be discussed among group members via the Facebook group, and approved only if their is strong support for confirming membership.

To join the group, you need to follow these steps: Continue reading

We are the Families Video

Great new video highlights the kids with MECP2 Duplication Syndrome and their families.

This great video was released on Christmas Day 2015. Thanks to Joe Mendoza and his colleagues for another great video… and of course, thanks to all the families who participated.

Cleveland News Story

Overall this Cleveland Newstory about Cherysh Smith does a good job.

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Video: MECP2 Duplication and Hope for Families

This 5-minuted video from Joseph Mendoza does a superb job of telling the story of children and adults with MECP2 Duplication Syndrome and their families.

Andrew Solomon on Parents of Children with Severe Disabilities

I am sorry that I have been neglecting this blog. I’ve just been trying to balance too many things. This excellent video from Andrew Solomon is definitely something that parents of children with severe disabilities need to access.,,, and it inspired me to try to catch up. See previous post on his book, Far From the Tree, for more on the book this is based upon.

2014 New Years Message for Families

envelopeThank you to all the families of individuals with MECP2 Duplication Syndrome that have made the effort to communicate with and support other families.

Thank you to all the families of individuals with MECP2 Duplication Syndrome that have worked so diligently to spread public and professional awareness of the syndrome. Continue reading

Far From the Tree

FFTTJust a week ago, I posted an entry on the Agony and Ecstasy of parenting a child with severe and multiple disabilities. The next day, a friend was telling me about a remarkable interview he heard on CBC radio with Andre Solomon, author of Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity, that dealt with some of the same things. I was interested enough to check out one of many interviews with Solomon on the the internet, and I was 50 impressed with the interview that I bought the 996-page book.

Since this book has been a best seller for about a year now, I am a little embarrassed that I am just hearing about it. I haven’t finished it yet, but I have read enough to say that it is truly wonderful and important reading for anyone who wants to understand parents of children with intensive needs or any parent whose child is exceptional in some significant way Continue reading

Amelia Rivera Receives Kidney Transplant

Amelia Rivera is home after receiving a kidney transplant. According to USA Today the surgery was done at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where her family previously complained she had previously been denied being considered for a transplant because of her intellectual disability due to Wolf-Hirschorn syndrome. The surgery took place July 3, 2013. Continue reading

The Agony and the Ecstasy of Parenting a Child with Intensive Needs

ristina2 This post is for parents of children or adults with MECP2 Duplication Syndrome but it is also for all parents of children or adults with intensive needs. It is about how having a child with intensive needs changes our lives so fundamentally… about how challenging and sometimes painful it makes our lives…. but also how it enriches our lives and makes our lives better in some ways. Continue reading