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    Our mission at PCD Smiles is to bring smiles to hospitalized primary ciliary dyskinesia, no mater their age; through the gift of a cheer package. Currently serving only The United States and Canada.
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  • Nothing is Sacred when you have PCD

    Nothing is Sacred when you have PCD

    There are a lots of things that I’ve had to get used to as I grew up doing life with PCD. One of those things was learning that unlike most others I had no privacy. I mean absolutely none...
  • Nasal Washes, Yay or Nay?

    Nasal Washes, Yay or Nay?

    Are you Team Yay or Team Nay when it comes to nasal washes for you or your loved one with primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD)? Nasal washes are an integral component to PCD care, or rather they could...
  • Disordered Sleeping and Sleep Disturbances in PCD

    Disordered Sleeping and Sleep Disturbances in PCD

    Disordered sleeping and sleep disturbances are more common in PCD than once thought. It’s not surprising given that you need to be able to breathe properly in order to sleep properly. Sleep related...
  • Can I live a Holistic Lifestyle with PCD?

    Can I live a Holistic Lifestyle with PCD?

    There are no studies into holistic lifestyle alongside a primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD) diagnosis. There are however a few antidotal reports from the PCD patient population where patients have...

We are a little less than two weeks away from another PCD Awareness Month. I’m just not feeling it this year. It seems to get a little more difficult each year, and I am not sure why it gets more difficult. Maybe it’s I’m getting older and older and my PCD progression marches on with time. Maybe it’s I feel no one is listening and no one actually cares. Honestly it’s probably just vid fatigue. Everyone is tired of hearing about medical issues. You got what a you got so get on with life, is pretty much how I’d sum up everyone’s attitudes. It’s no secret that 2022 has been a hard year for me. All things considered, and all things laid bare I’m ready for a change. Though I’m not sure what kind of change I’m looking for either.

In a few weeks time, everyone is going to role out all the positive life stories despite PCD. I’m kind of envious, because I want my rose colored life too. That’s just not the hand I was dealt unfortunately. It wasn’t some magical life where my parents loved me and supported me despite PCD. PCD made my life hard, harder than I wished it had and that is just the truth of the matter. I look around at all these rosy storylines of people with PCD with a bit of envy and a bit of skepticism. Are they really telling the whole truth or have they just not gotten to the harder aspects of doing life with PCD yet. I wonder about the embellishments of storylines of others in public all the while behind the curtain they are a whole different person with a whole different story. Why must we suffer our trials in private? Why is it such a taboo thing to share your PCD struggles? These are my thoughts as I read all these wonderful storylines of PCD life. PCD life is tough and I’m not sure why we are supposed to hide that fact.

PCD Awareness month is a necessary evil because we need awareness to help fund a cure. However doing life with PCD isn’t some grand adventure where they live happily ever after. I think maybe that fact has been glossed over too much…

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