We recently invited Richard Roosenboom to share his experiences as a parent of a child with a rare disease. In the coming weeks we will publish part of the Roosenboom’s story in a four post series. In part one of this post Richard described the onset of Simone’s disorder and the road to the diagnosis Hydroa Vacciniforme (HV) some months later.
Our local hospital learned about Simone’s diagnosis with HV and invited us to discuss her condition. They felt that the diagnosis needed confirmation by tests. Yet, as HV itself cannot be confirmed by tests, that meant that Simone would have to undergo a series of examinations to exclude other diseases and disorders. They felt that the diagnosis of HV could be accepted only if all others had been excluded. We learned about some tests being quite painful and harmful to Simone’s skin and took control again: we refused. We decided to accept her having HV and not having her undergo such an ordeal, knowing that even if HV was confirmed, it would change nothing. (more…)