Rare Disease Day 2016

By Shannon Wieloch — February 26, 2016

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.

Teen With Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) Gets to Fulfill Dreams

Laughing it Off, One Dust Bunny at a Time: A Family Full of Rare and Genetic Mystery

When Someone Said “So What” About My Daughter’s Rare Disease