• Smart Tech: Improving the lives of millions living with a long-term disease

    Chronic diseases present a significant challenge to the European Union, costing over €700 billion annually and affecting one third of all adults. Furthermore, each year over 4 million people pass away
  • FEDER Rare Disease Information and Orientation Service (SIO): building bridges to improve the lives of the patients

    For two decades, the Spanish Federation of Rare Diseases (FEDER) has been giving voice to more than 3 million people who live with a rare pathology in Spain. At the present time, the association
  • Aleksandra talks about her experience of caring for her children with rare neuromuscular diseases

    Aleksandra has two children affected by a rare neuromuscular disease. Her son has a diagnosis of limb-girdle muscular dystrophy type 2D (LGMD2D) and her daughter has a diagnosis of collagen VI
  • A world of sensations: Bruna’s story

    Bruna is 12 years old and is affected by an ultra-rare genetic syndrome that causes severe refractory epilepsy, cognitive and motor retardation — she is not able to speak or walk — and severe visual
  • How do you comfort a child with a rare disease?

    Psychologically speaking, the relief from a chronic pain is more than necessary in order to help the patient carry on with this very difficult condition. In regards with a child with a rare disease
  • Effects on parents when a child has a rare disease

    In October 2011, author Emily Rapp wrote an outstanding essay on life as a rare disease parent and her experience of raising her son, Ronan, under the shadow of Tay Sachs disease for the New York
  • Àngels Ponce: «It never ceases to amaze me how children actually see illness and disability as natural things»

    S4R: It is difficult to know that a child is having a hard time if he/she does not express it. Often, the siblings of sick children prefer not to bother their parents with their problems if they
  • Tips for taking care of young caregivers. Let’s help those who help.

    Young and adult caregivers’ emotional and physical health are usually highly affected: anxiety, depression or feelings of isolation, lack of physical activity, unhealthy eating habits, etc. In this
  • What is life like for kids with rare genetic conditions?

    Studies have shown that chronic and rare disease may affect the psycho-social well being of children and also their families. The physical symptoms can be very difficult to handle for a child in early
  • How to tell your child about his/her rare disease

    Rare chronic diseases are common enough, affecting 6-10% of the population and have a great negative psychological and physical effect on patients and their families. Men, women but also children may
  • What is it like to have a sibling with a rare disease?

    Taking care of a loved one who is chronically ill, having a highly disabling pathology such as a rare disease, can be as rewarding as it is difficult and stressful. This kind of diseases entail for
  • 10 things a parent of a child affected by a rare disease wishes everyone knew

    We worry we will bore our friends with our concerns over our child’s disease, and when you say “Do you want to talk about it?” “How are you feeling? Are you coping?” it really helps us feel like we