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Reflections

With 2016 behind us and the promise of 2017 ahead, I sit in my front room looking at the beautiful fire, wondering where the time has gone. My childhood was wonderful. I had two parents who loved me to the moon and back. My dad was one of a kind — handsome, charismatic and so […]

End Of The Year Update

Dear Friends, My highest priority right now is to work out the logistics for the upcoming clinical trial. As our medical center announced in November this year, we plan to start a phase 1b safety clinical trial of dantrolene sodium in patients with Wolfram syndrome. Dantrolene sodium is an FDA-approved drug utilized for the treatment […]

Wolfram Mom in Florida

I am a Florida mom with a child with Wolfram Syndrome. Actually, he’s no longer a child but he will always be my baby. My son is now 24, and has been affected by this disease since he was six years old. At that time, we lived in New York City with some of the […]

Struggles With A Rare Disease

A lot has happened over the last month and lately, I have been extremely exhausted and find myself wanting to crawl in bed, get under the covers and stay there for as long as possible.  I am a warrior for this disease and for all those suffering from it. Hell, my tiny little foundation has […]

The Snow Foundation: Fighting for a Cure

Wolfram syndrome afflicts only about one in 500,000 people, but a local organization is doing everything it can to bring the numbers down and find a way to cure this incurable disease. As described on The Snow Foundation’s website, Wolfram syndrome is an autosomal recessive genetic disorder that starts with insulin-dependent diabetes in early childhood. […]

Raquel and Braces.

Today Raquel is getting braces. It wasn’t the fear of her coming out with braces that heightened my anxiety, but it was the process. She was going to Demko Orthodontics, and they are wonderful. However, I was acutely aware of the fact that they probably have never had a patient like Raquel with some of […]

Finding A Cure for Victor

It’s been almost a year now since my 7 year-old son Victor was diagnosed with Wolfram Syndrome.  I still remember the day we found out, we got the diagnosis and then were basically sent home. Our doctor said all he could do is to try to treat the symptoms but not the cause because there […]

How Do I Calm My Frantic Heart?

Judgment Day No longer were the days of scheduled naps, gold stars, and lollipop rewards. For Raquel, no longer were the days of naive young children with innocent ignorance, but now the transition to very aware adolescents with a far too critical eye. I should have been excited at the idea of Raquel progressing in […]

My Self Reflection by Federica D’Elia

It’s been about a year and a half since I was diagnosed with Wolfram syndrome. I look back and find myself self reflecting on my story and the emotional roller coaster that I have been though. When my doctors first gave me my diagnosis I felt strangely satisfied in some way. Until then, I had […]

3 Things on my Mind When I Work on Wolfram syndrome

While working on Wolfram syndrome there are three things that are always on my mind: improving clinical care, raising awareness, and providing a cure. These three things motivate myself and my team to work hard every day.   Improving Clinical Care Our effort to understand the progression and neurological symptoms of Wolfram syndrome will help […]