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Many of us have heard of medical diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or COPD. Yet, there are 30 million Americans impacted by rare diseases today.
Out of these 30 million, two-thirds of Americans affected by a rare disease are children, or four children on every full school bus.
This February 28th is Rare Disease Day in the United States, which brings awareness of rare diseases by sharing experiences, such as what it’s like to live with rare diseases, people impacted by them, and how you can help make a difference.
Every mother’s worst nightmare is the possibility of seeing her child at the brink of death. For Terri Schreiber, mother of eight-year-old Sophia, her nightmare became a reality when Sophia was three and ingested a single cashew and went into anaphylactic shock. Since Sophia was weeks old, she began exhibiting symptoms, which later were diagnosed as food and environment allergies. In her first three years, Sophia was allergic to simple foods such as milk and eggs. She also developed environmental allergies to grass, trees, weeds, and furry animals.