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At 7:19pm on March 10, 2011, kimmy watters said…
 patti your son is so cute, how are things going,   do you have  snow i live in the seattle area, rain and  tons  wind this week. i just wanted to say i have lots respect and admire you. kimmy  watters
At 5:14pm on October 22, 2010, Pilar Rizzo said…
Hello patti! i just called and your son answered the phone .. such cute voice... i also having very tough year with Sebastian... well, i wil like to talk to you too! i'm home every morning! wish we could have a talk...i have same cell phone,, 973 2828-6090-- home 973-932-8800..
At 9:24am on October 22, 2010, Tammy Oakley said…
Hey Patti!! I would love for us to be able to get together while we are in Cincinnati. I think it would be good for Kelby!! Dont know how your son is dealing with all the things that are going on with him but my Kelby is having a very difficult time here lately. He is on Prozac but it doesnt seem to be helping. As for me I have remained strong until today and I myself am having a meltdown. Wish that Kelby could find some sense of peace. How is your situation. I am on facebook. Would be really great to talk to you. Please be in touch.

Tammy
At 11:12am on June 1, 2010, Pilar Rizzo said…
Patti, How are you! this is Pilar, how is Kevin! my son is doing "okey", still on his feet, i will like to meet you, i know you live in NJ.. please respond me back when you can..
thanks.

Pilar.
At 9:59pm on November 25, 2009, Lisa Jones said…
Hi Patti,
I was just reading your reply to my message on the Dr. Wong Cincinnati group and noticed you would have been there on Dec. 9th but your dates changed.
Yes, I did enjoy seeing Kevin on TV. I also called my parents and had them look for him. I hope (if it is his desire) that he will have other opportunities.
Maybe one of these days we will meet. It would be nice. I keep wishing I could find a way to go to the PPMD conference held in the summer.....maybe someday that will work out. Do you go?
At 10:52am on October 10, 2009, Mary Helen Smith said…
Hi Patti, James is doing really well. The cast is off now -came off on Monday. His Consultant wants him to start partial weigh bearing and mobilization. His ankle was still really swollen and brused, but we have been elevating his leg every day when he gets in from school and it seems to be doing the trick - he can now get both shoes on! His phsyio is great and duing the six weeks in cast James was doing strengtheing exercises on his good leg. Now thats really strong (as well as his upper body with all the transferring) that he can now stand using a standing frame and has taken about 10 steps. We are doing the partial weight bearing and steps twice a day and he is getting better and better at it. We are back at the hospital on 2 November for further xrays and hopefully the bones will be fully healed. He is also going to start hydrotheraphy for 6 weeks intensive treatment in November. How is Keith?
At 5:38pm on October 9, 2009, Jennifer Shumsky said…
That is too cool about Kevin! I will tell everyone I know to tune in!
At 4:05pm on October 9, 2009, Christine Piacentino said…
Hey Patti, Great news about Kevin. We will be sure to watch.
At 7:43pm on September 30, 2009, Pilar Rizzo said…
Hi Patti,
My name is Pilar I'm from New Jersey my son is 11, still walking around difficulty going up the stairs or standing up, but still going, deletion 13-17 shfitframe also.
My son Sebastian is on prednisone 20miligram, every other day. I willlike to meet somebody from New Jersey or group ... thanks.
At 11:29pm on August 29, 2009, Michelle Diamond said…
Hi Patti,
I just got back from California, so sorry for the delay.
It sounds like our boys have alot in common!
Miller will be 14 in 2 weeks and he is like your son, he uses a gogo for school and distance and does everything else on his feet. I took him to Legoland out West and he did pretty well! He even walked to the restroom on the plane by himself (while I was watching and biting off what nails I have left)
He is really starting to complain about his height. His brother is 6"2 and it really ticks him off!
Miller is on Deflazacort as well and has done pretty good with it. We go to Toronto in about a month and I'm wondering if the Dr. will up his dose.
We got the house finished, and it has been a huge blessing. We bought our lift on craigs list for like 800- and had an automatic door opener put on his door so when he comes home from school all he has to do is hit the remote. That has been really nice.
Trust me when I say I know how your feeling about the day when he cant use his legs. The hard part is there is no set day or year. I remember when we first went to the MDA doctor and the numbers they gave me were crazy, but he continues to surpass all those expectations.
Miller has been challenged by school since he started, and is now starting to come around. Having a learning disability and DMD is like a double whammy, but once he gets it he's fine it just takes him longer!
I was looking at your photos and Kevin looks like a well rounded young man! I hold nothing back from Miller and if hes up for the challenge I let him go! I'm just crossing my fingers he wont want to skydive in the near future!
Keep me posted!
Michelle
At 11:05am on March 5, 2009, VELIA said…
HELLO PATTI, I AM VELIA JOSHUA BREAST, MY SON TURNS 9 YEARS OF AGE IN APRIL, AND IN THEY DID NOT DIAGNOSE IT TO SEPTEMBER WITH DMD, IN MY CASE, EITHER WISE I ON THIS DISEASE, MY BREAST TAPEWORM A BROTHER WHO FALLECIO OF 14 OR 16 YEARS AND DECIAN THAT TAPEWORM THE GREAT HEART AND THAT WALKED LITTLE AND IT GOT TIRED, I I AM 44 YEARS OLD AND 3 CHILDREN MEN, JUAN 25, 23 JESUS AND JOSHUA 8, ONLY JOSHUA WITH DMD, I WRITE TO YOU BECAUSE MY CASE IS LOOKED LIKE YOURS, AND I DRAW ATTENTION. P.D. WE ARE DE MONTERREY, MEXICO. I DO NOT SPEAK ENGLISH, USE TRANSLATOR, I HOPE IS GOOD. A STRONG HUG TO KEVIN
At 8:39am on February 27, 2009, Julie Garcia said…
Patti,

Thanks for accepting me as your friend. I am so happy Gene got a new job!!! Tell him congratulations from me!!!

I am wishing I lived in New Jersey instead of California...we get no help out here for anything and it is tough.

You take care now!
At 11:01pm on February 24, 2009, Kim Innabi said…
Hi Patti:

Nicholas is a lot like Kevin - he is a joy and does love life. He has been on deflazacort for about 4 1/2 years. He didn't get the puffy face and gain the weight until after about two years into it. He hasn't grown much at all - he's 4 feet tall exactly. That is hard on him, especially now that his younger brother is taller than him, along with a lot of 2nd and 3rd graders! I'm looking into GH right now, but I haven't yet been able to get our endocrinologist on board with that idea. Nicholas is bothered most by his height and then his weight. We are trying to be more careful with his diet because he has reached 100 lbs already. He is more conscious of it as well, especially after the cardiologist gave us a little "chat" about it, although at the moment he is watching TV and eating chocolates (which he is giving up for Lent, so I'm letting him go to town tonight!).

Nicholas is a little on the shy at times, but he goes to a fairly small school that is K-8, so everyone has known him since he was six years old, which is nice because the kids have adjusted so well to his changing abilities and are great helpers. He uses a scooter this year since he is in Jr. High and has to move from class to class. Your son sounds like he does really great and it's wonderful that he has lots of friends and support - I think that makes such a big difference.

I also take Nicholas to Cincinnati (my insurance doesn't cover it, so I just get the basic things there and coordinate the rest as best I can here). We are scheduled to go again in October. I agree, it is definitely tough and tiring at times, but it's great to be able to talk to other people in the same situation. It was nice to hear from you and do keep in touch! Take care,

Kim
At 9:42pm on February 12, 2009, djamel fathi said…
Hello,I hope that every member of your family is doing good,

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