Personal Stories

Our Rainbow in this Storm
Our Rainbow in this Storm

My message to parents is to listen to your child and trust yourself. We all have strong parental instincts for a reason. I know there will be days when all you want to do is hide under the covers and...

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Chasing Ghosts
Chasing Ghosts

For my son, symptom onset was not overnight. He had so many health issues starting the first few weeks of life, which continued throughout his early childhood. His body was in a near-constant state...

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Family Story – It Was Not Autism
Family Story – It Was Not Autism

April 12th, 2019, is a day I will never forget. It was exactly one week after my daughter's 4th birthday, a Friday. Springtime, my favorite time of the year, the buds of my favorite wisteria, were...

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A Success Story

Children suffering this disorder can indeed heal but early identification and correct interventions are crucial to having a successful...

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Autism and PANS

My child was diagnosed at the age of 6 with severe autism. No eye contact, social skills, empathy, poor academic...

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PANS PANDAS Rocks
PANS PANDAS Rocks

PANS Rocks!  Come Join the Fun!  Paint Rocks and Spread Awareness! ASPIRE spoke with Michelle Dowd, who has started a fun project for kids with PANS/PANDAS that also helps spread awareness, and we...

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Benjamin’s PANS PANDAS Story

It is clear that not enough parents and professionals are educated about PANDAS. My pediatrician apologized to me for not diagnosing my son properly. She said that the children in her practice that...

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Gabriella’s Family
Gabriella’s Family

Up until recently our PANS family story really only focused around T, but now X has own PANS story and so do I.  T’s Story My non-identical twins were born 7 weeks premature. T subsequently...

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The Ward Family
The Ward Family

The Happiest Place on Earth

They say that when your child has PANS/PANDAS that you often remember the exact moment something changed. For our oldest son, Neely, that “moment of change” happened in front of Dumbo in...

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The Sanders Family

As I sit pondering where to begin, I realize just how difficult it is to actually write about my son’s struggle with the horrible disorder called Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Syndrome...

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Leah’s Story
Leah’s Story

In August of 2014 our daughter, Leah, was 6 years old.  We had just returned home from a month-long trip to Illinois to visit family.  When we arrived home in Arizona, she suddenly (overnight)...

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