Beyond Achondroplasia

Growing together with Clara

September 23, 2018
by inesp.alves
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First day of school – adaptations and challenges

The 17th September 2018 was also a very important day for Clara: it was the first day of school. And what a thrill! And before heading to school that morning, there was a very long process of transition. Clara was … Continue reading

June 5, 2018
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A documentary on the lengthening process

The documentary  “The Lucas´s Journey“, by the film director Juan Enis, was produced by the mother of Lucas in 2015 and tells about the lengthening process of a boy with achondroplasia with 15 years-old, that had a total height of … Continue reading

May 8, 2015
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Like a Phoenix – living the diagnostic

This was writing a long time ago. This is a short story of the day we, parents, received Clara´s achondroplasia diagnostic. A month after Clara was born, we received an email from her geneticist to schedule an appointment. During 25 days … Continue reading

April 6, 2015
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Gratitude and acknowledgement

In September 2011, when Clara was 1 year-old, she joined the kindergarten Colégio Fundação Alentejo. Those days were a huge trial for us and for the kindergarten professionals. We wondered if us and them were prepared for the challenge. At … Continue reading

March 25, 2015
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One day of Lucas

Lucas is a 12 years old spanish boy who is crossing the lengthening process. This is a short film about one of his days. He is brave. He makes others feel braver… No need of translation.   Some words from … Continue reading

March 21, 2015
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Waiting pays off

Since September we lived with a new short-term goal: solve the hematoma problem. It have been quite strange months, almost like living in a limbo, trying to do our best to prevent new falls and head bumps. It was hard. … Continue reading

March 1, 2015
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Surgical treatment for cervicomedullary compression among infants with achondroplasia

Dr. Shimony’s team published on the 17th of February 2015 in the Childs Nerv. Syst. journal, an article about respiratory failure being responsible for most deaths among children with achondroplasia and that it is often related to cervicomedullary compression (CMC). … Continue reading

December 11, 2014
by inesp.alves
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10 days after

Ten days after a forced rest in the hospital, Clara is back home. After two CT scans, with 12 days interval between both, while in a “cage rest”, Clara was discharged from the hospital, but with restrictions. The neurosurgeons team decided that … Continue reading

December 5, 2014
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Time for decisions

On the 1st December Clara was hospitalized. Although she seems to be very well, her neurosurgeon plan is that Clara stays at the hospital for a rest period of 10 days and to be close monitorized to evaluate the hematoma … Continue reading

November 25, 2014
by inesp.alves
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Far from the tree

I’ve been reading this amazing book for a while now. It´s dense, but clear. An excelent book by Andrew Solomon. And it open ideas wider than I could imagine. It as become a moment for pause in my days. Now, … Continue reading

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