My girl and I made an appearance at our Mabel's Able booth today at the Christmas Open Market at our church here in town. It was exciting to see our information out for the world to see.
Did you know that since doing the race in July Mabel has been diagnosed with 'failure to thrive?' That is part of the reason we got her a G-tube; so that she could grow and get the proper nutrition to hopefully help her make some gains.
Did you know that if we lived in another country Mabel would most likely be placed in an institution? Disabled children rarely stay in the homes of their families if there is a place that they can be sent to receive care. Doesn't it break your heart?
Did you know that children with Mito often cannot regulate their body temperatures. Mabel gets red cheeks very often so if you see her and notice--this is why. She also gets very cold hands and feet at times for no apparent reason. Although we don't have a confirmed mito diagnosis, this is another huge sign to me that we are dealing with something mitochondrial related. This also goes hand in hand with her inability to distinguish between hot or cold.
Did you know that disability benefits in our country are based on income and not on the rate or severity of disability? There is very little help to families who make enough to provide for their healthy kids but not quite enough to take good care of their sick ones.
Did you know that some experts believe that 30-40% of special needs children do not have an exact diagnosis?
Is there not something wrong with that?
Did you know that a 'rare disease' is considered less than 220,000 affected people? Mito shows itself 1 in 4,000.
Not so rare, huh? Yet extremely hard to diagnose.
And...WITHOUT A CURE.
Thank you all for loving us! -- For reading my words and letting them saturate your heart. This little girl is worth learning about and she is definitely worth fighting for. There are so many beautiful children like her who are undiagnosed, or who are suffering with mitochondrial disease. There families are the only voice that will make enough noise to someday find a cure for this awful, painful disease. Please join us in raising awareness by telling people about Mito. For more information, please visit:
and please encourage people to read our blog and visit our facebook pages:
"Mabel's Able" & "Raising Redheads Blog"
Also...we will be starting a candle fundraiser in the next couple of days. They are delicious smelling and we will be selling an 8 oz candle for $10. "Mabel's Able" will receive 60% of the proceeds and they will make wonderful Christmas presents! Contact me for more information!!!