Anissa with Lafora Disease:
Sister Mariah talks about sibling survivors’ guilt
For our second annual Lafora Body Disease Day this October 1st, 2022, we wanted to share the Merriam family story.
Watch sibling Mariah Merriam talk about her challenges of being the only sibling without Lafora disease and the survivor’s guilt she feels watching her sister Anissa and brother Ty slowly die, whilst she lives her life as a normal young adult. She discusses the signs she noticed in her sister as the years went on until they received the diagnosis and her life’s mission to study in a Lafora lab on research to find a cure for her siblings. Mother Jenifer Merriam also talks about how it has affected her family.
Lafora Disease is a degenerative neurological condition affecting children. It is terminal; there is no cure. Perfectly healthy children first show symptoms in their early teens and typically die within ten years. Lafora disease is ultra-rare, with around only 80 registered children affected in the world and a suspected 200-300 patients worldwide.
We will be creating awareness and sharing patient and family stories throughout October for you to see the devastating result of the shocking degeneration of young teens who had a whole life ahead of them. No child should face their own death.
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