Most ridiculous comments I’ve gotten about my syndrome

Throughout the years, there have been some really outrageous, ignorant comments I’ve gotten regarding my foot from complete strangers. It’s a wonder how some people actually function socially when they can be so insensitive. I used to get embarrassed and let it get to me, but now I realize how hilarious some of these responses … Continue reading Most ridiculous comments I’ve gotten about my syndrome

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Research is key

Advocating for CLOVES Syndrome doesn’t just mean advocating for the individuals and families affected. It also means advocating for stronger efforts to further research on the syndrome and the advancement of medical treatments in order to address the needs of those affected. With more of this, those with CLOVES have more of a chance to … Continue reading Research is key

Top 5 lessons I’ve learned living with my natural imperfections

We all know living with an anomaly can suck, no matter what it is. Throughout my life experiences so far, I’ve learned several lessons that over time have helped me rebuild the parts of my character that so often got torn down from the tough times. Though this may not apply to all since everyone … Continue reading Top 5 lessons I’ve learned living with my natural imperfections

Parenting a child with CLOVES • by Julie, a CLOVES mother

My daughter asked me to write about what it’s like to parent a child with CLOVES Syndrome. When I started to think about what to write, I realized how hard it is to put into words as it is such a unique experience given the rarity of CLOVES Syndrome. Our journey began when Lindsay was … Continue reading Parenting a child with CLOVES • by Julie, a CLOVES mother

Making the decision to start Sirolimus

If you or a family member has CLOVES, then you know that there aren’t many options available to help treat it. Invasive methods are out there, like de-bulking surgery or sclerotherapy, but many people may not want to jump right into difficult medical procedures like those. Instead, there is another relatively new alternative available. A … Continue reading Making the decision to start Sirolimus

Why awareness is so important

A fear of the unknown is common among many, especially those living with any kind of disease. Not knowing what lies in your future medically, socially, emotionally, and/or mentally can be incredibly unsettling. Back before CLOVES was even discovered, most people with this syndrome were misdiagnosed as children, if doctors could pinpoint a diagnosis at … Continue reading Why awareness is so important