The 2017 NFED Family Conference has already come and gone - in a flash, it seems. This year it was held in Falls Church, VA, which is right outside of our nation's capital - Washington DC. The day before conference was Advocacy Day, and many NFED families went to Capitol Hill to speak with their … Continue reading 2017 NFED Family Conference Recap
I got my temporary lower bridge last week. It is a strange feeling to have something foreign in my mouth. Despite having had all kinds of weird apparatuses (I really feel like the plural of apparatus should be apparati, but apparently it's not) in my younger days, I can't say I welcomed the introduction of this … Continue reading Temporary Discomfort
On a regular day, the history of my mouth isn't something I even think about, but the moment I walk into a dental office, that familiar smell nearly knocks me to my knees with dread. Memories of countless times before, sitting anxiously in the waiting room, flipping through magazines, wishing I was a model with naturally perfect teeth, wishing … Continue reading A Life in the Dentist’s Chair
It was a dark and stormy night... No, just kidding. It was a sweltering midsummer afternoon when my mother's contractions began. My father's cousins had come over to swim in the pool that day and through the window my mother could hear them laughing and splashing as she lay on the bed. She would have … Continue reading Where it all began – The story of my birth.
The following video is a short documentary about a dear friend of mine. I met Norma MacDonald in 2011 at the NFED Family Conference, which was being held in St. Louis. Norma has EEC, like me. Our symptoms vary slightly, but our experiences are very similar.
Every once in a while I think of that Goo Goo Dolls song, 'Name', which has the line "Scars are souvenirs you never lose The past is never far." It brings to mind superficial scars, like the crescent shaped scar on my forearm, where our dog Tasha bit me when I tried to take a … Continue reading Souvenirs You Never Lose