What is EB?
WHAT IS EB?
Epidermolysis Bullosa is a painful, life threatening disease of the skin. Sammy has the form called Recessive Dystrophic. In his case the bottom layer of his skin does not adhere properly to the other layers because the collagen 7 protein involved in this function is either missing or mis-shapen.
Because of this genetic defect even slight friction can cause several layers of skin to rip away creating horrific, painful wounds. Normal daily activities can cause blistering or tearing of the skin. Currently there is no cure for EB, only wound management as treatment. Despite the challenges Sam faces with EB, he displays amazing strength every day and inspires those around him.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Sam will be Six in a couple of weeks. He will be starting public school for the first time - Kindergarten. He will be an older kindergartener since he missed the Sept. deadline last yr. That is ok because I think we needed an extra yr to prepare to send him out. He is very excited and loves to meet new people.