Not too long ago, we blogged about Rare Diseases.
Rare Disease Day falls on February 29th this year, a day some would argue is the rarest of 2016.
If you know anything about rare diseases, perhaps you’ve seen the statistics:
- There are ~ 7,000 different types of rare conditions
- 80% of rare diseases are genetic in origin
- Approximately 50% of the people affected by rare diseases are children
And my personal favorite:
- If all of the people with rare diseases lived in one country, it would be the world’s third most populous country (take a step down USA).
CooperGenomics supports Rare Disease Day and Global Genes, a non-profit organization that promotes the needs of the rare disease community.
For nearly two years, Global Genes has invited patients to tell their own stories of living with a rare disease because rare diseases aren’t just about statistics. Like everything else in medicine, it’s about the people behind those numbers, the daily warriors affected with these conditions.
Below are a few of the over 300 stories that have been submitted. Some are fascinating. Some are sad. Some are funny. Some offer hope. But all will inspire you.