Connection is at the core of the Snyder family’s resilience. Through a combination of close family connections and connections to the right medical care at the right time, this family of four is successfully navigating Loeys-Dietz syndrome times 3.
There are few things stronger than a mother’s intuition. The strength of this “knowing” is so deep, in fact, that it could be life-saving. That was certainly the case with Jayla and her mom, Becky.
For most people, family is the first group of people we know and trust. Newborn babies know their mothers by sound. Kids instinctively look to the people they trust for social cues. In a lot of cases, this tight circle is the family into which a child is born. In other cases, family is created over time with friends and neighbors who love and support one another like any family.
Maggie, with her mom, Jennifer, at the Foundation's Boston Walk for Victory in June.
As anyone with a rare disease will tell you, the health journey is extremely nuanced and complex. It’s difficult enough having to deal with the symptoms themselves, but managing one’s care makes it that much more challenging.
Ashley Burks was 23 when her life changed. That year, 2005, she excitedly attended the Marfan Foundation’s Annual Conference in St. Louis. Upon arrival she was overwhelmed with emotion—for the first time in her life she saw other women who looked like her! Lean and lanky with long faces like hers, they looked like family. And as she got to know them, she was overjoyed that they had Marfan syndrome like she did, and they understood what she had gone through in her life.