Rare Disease Day, Mille our big Love!

Today is "The rare disease day", and it gives me a good opportunity to write about our daughter, Mille, which has Sotos Syndrome. To us it feels a little weird to think of Mille as "diseased" or "sick". To us she has always been a little special, and we have gotten used to it.

We are a family of 5 from Norway, and Mille at 8 is the youngest. She has 2 big brothers who love her to death. They have never treated her any differently than any other annoying little sister. And despite of her syndrome, she normally doesnt expect to be treated in a milder way either. As parents we have always tried to treat Mille and her syndrome as "normal" as possible. But like any other child, she will try to use her disability as leverage from time to time. "But mum, I didnt know better. You know I am a little "special", is sometimes tried. But she rarely succeeds...

Mille is this familys big bundle of joy. She never hides her feelings, and is probably one of the happiest kids I know. And she loves to spread the joy around. Whether she has known you for 5 minutes, or 5 years, she will give you a hug if she thinks you deserve it. Her heart is overflowing with love for the people around her, and she is not afraid to show it.

But once in a while it hits me. It might be some small thing she is scared of, like balloons. She is deathly afraid of balloons. It is completely irrational, but the thought of a balloon bursting in her vicinity is often too much for her to cope with. I also think more of her "specialness" when we have to go through new rounds of doctors and examinations. As we live in Norway, healthcare is "free", but it still takes a lot of time and energy to complete all forms and applications connected with having a "special needs" child.

But I would never have it any other way! Having Mille has made us see the world in a whole new perspective, and I actually believe it has made our family better persons. So to all of you out there, blessed with a "special" child; Happy Rare Disease day!

Hugs and Kisses


Mille er nydelig :-) skulle nske jeg kjente henne og var den som fortjente en klem :-) liker at hun prver f fordeler av "sykdommen", det tyder jo p at hun er ei frisk og oppegende jente hehe... en god helg nskes hele familien fra meg <3

wenchepia 28.02.2014 - 18:45

Skjnne Mille ❤️og herlige Nina ❤️

Navn 01.03.2014 - 07:58

For eit utruleg nydeleg blogginnlegg. S rrande og fullt av kjrleik. S heldige de er som har kvarandre, alle saman :)

Ein stor klem til skjnne Mille - og ikkje minst til den fantastiske mammaen hennar :)

Klem, Kristin

Kristin / Hekkan Hekkel 06.03.2014 - 08:53

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