This is our son, Kody . In 2003 he was diagnosed with Friedreich's Ataxia. We keep this site as well as a blog: www.lisachampagne-miner.blogspot.com Please take a moment to check out the blog as well as www.fortheloveofkody.blogspot.com
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I guess I should begin with the fact that I always deep down knew there was something not quite medically right with Kody. Most physicians I expressed this to thought I was just an overly worried mother. But I knew I wasn't. Its hard to explain. I had tried to get approval to take him to a specialist since he was a toddler....maybe 3 y/o. Finally when he was 7 y/o was fed up and told the physicians that I was demanding a referral. Kody was first referred to see a Orthopedic Specialist. (Because his main problem was his walking or as physicians say his gait was abnormal or ataxia as it's now referred to as.) That specialist thought Kody had Cerebal Palsy or CP for short. But he referred him to a Physical Medicine doctors to be sure. (I guess like a second opinion.) The PM doctor said that it wasn't CP but that it was something. He believe something neurological. So he referred us to Dr.Gyula Acsadi a neurologist who worked at Children's Hospital of Michigan. Well he knew right away what Kody probably had. So he ran genetic screening for Friedreich's Ataxia. 3 weeks later We got a positive diagnosis for FRDA. The date was 7/27/2003. And that is where everything began. Current project we are working on is getting funding together to purchase a barrier free pool home in Florida .. if you would like to donate please do so through www.paypal.com .. our email address for that is firstname.lastname@example.org And please pass this along to help in our quest to make this all possible.