Mothers Intuition

Have you ever had an instinct? An instinct that begins as a gnawing...Then grows into a raging burn; a burning instinct that something is wrong...

Your baby continues to get sick from the very foods he is supposed to thrive on. I did. I am a mom of a little boy just diagnosed with FPIES.

And that burning feeling now? Extinguished. My instincts? Stronger than ever. Guiding me, with my faith, as we navigate through the murky waters of our new world created by something called FPIES.

"Faith is not about everything turning out OK; Faith is about being OK no matter how things turn out."

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Sharing our story....

It was a decision to make our lives visible, our FPIES experiences known.  It was my first observation in this FPIES community, that there were more blogs and support groups than there was medical pages.  Sure, there were those handful of FPIES papers- mainly from Mt.Sinai where much of the FPIES research has come from over the years since Dr.Powell first coined this syndrome that had been noted by other doctors as a severe inflammation of the entire intestinal tract, causing vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, often lethargy and sometimes bloody stools and shock symptoms.  There were a few moms, many of them also active in the support group on babycenter, that had started blogs - to share these everyday experiences, how they learned and their tools for thriving through this rare allergy.  In June, shortly after our formal diagnosis, I began this blog outlining our journey.  The good, the bad, the ugly. I quickly learned that as I was learning, this blog was becoming more about what I was learning- my inner working thoughts of how I was tying what I was reading in journal articles to my own son.   So, I started a 2nd blog- My FPIES File Cabinet, a resource page of sorts.  A place to keep those "research" posts filed, while continuing to chronicle the experiences we were having with our little man and his FPIES.  Since then, I have also joined with other moms and founded The FPIES Foundation.   I am passionate about sharing our story, sharing my personal insights seen through my clinical nutrition goggles; but also about sharing resources, tools, experiences, and insights - not only from experienced parents but experienced medical professionals.

From June of 2010 to today, August 29, 2012; I have logged 385 posts (and yet I'm still months behind) and have had over 35,000 page views (wish I would've figured out how to put that little page ticker on my footer at the beginning); it's been humbling to see how many have followed and shared in our story.  Sharing our story has become an important part of this ride, as others have done before and beside me- it helps.

"When you stand and share your story in an empowering way, your story will heal you and your story will heal somebody else"  Iyanla Vanzant.

With the busy-ness of 4 boys and summer, the complexities of FPIES, and my work with The FPIES Foundation, I have been a little more absent from updates, but do promise they are coming.  I've been keeping a journal as we go through this muddy mess we've been in with little man's FPIES as he approaches and passes 3yrs.old and still stuck, still adding new triggers and not outgrowing old ones...the updates are coming!   Overall, he is doing well, growing and gaining weight and meeting developmental milestones, and continuing to teach us about patience and appreciation for God's simple gifts in life.

In the meantime, I would be honored if you would check out the new website for The FPIES Foundation  It is a 'labor of love', a resource packed with tools for new families and struggling families, a place to share stories and find support - a network of caring.  A place to come home.   We are not alone.

1 comment:

  1. Hi! I'm not really sure where to post this comment, but I've just stumbled across your blog and have found such hope in it. I feel like I am looking at a mirror of our life. So, thank you for opening your struggles, joy, and faith to us! I did see that you took your son to CHOP? Is that right? Is there a specific physician that you would recommend? I have told my pediatrician about your blog, and CHOP's excellent ratings...and he is wanting to refer us there...but we both are curious as to who you have seen, or any info you have on doctors there? I am active on the PIC facebook page, so I will ask there as well. Thank you!