Education is empowering. When I think of Apfed.org I think of how this
Group has help me educate future teachers in America. I feel blessed and honored to have this opportunity. Thank you Apfed.org.
APFED is an amazing resource and timeless repository of information! The website is full of great information to help my family.
A few years ago I had not heard of APFED. I knew my youngest child had this disease called eosinophilic esophagitis (Eoe) but I only knew what his GI doctor told us about it. Through a wonderful chain of events my son was referred to a new immunologist and dietician team who met with my son and were telling me all types of treatment options that seemed radical. They also referred me that first day to APFED.org where I could read more about the disease. I was shocked to discover the we had spent years only treating symptoms (which often landed my then 8 year old
In the hospitals) and not the actual cause of the disease. Through apfed I was able to clearly see what I could do for my son at home, at school and begin to avoid all of the hospital stays. Through their scholarship programs for first timers I was able to travel to Philadelphia within months of learning of the organization, to attend their yearly conference. I had never met any other children like my son or spoken to any other parents whose children had Eoe. It was both eye opening and heart breaking to me as a parent as the panel of teens and adults with Eoe spoke about their symptoms and used very similar words as my son who often would scream in pain. Up to the weekend I had allowed a doctor who was not knowledgeable dismiss my sons symptoms and pain levels. I thought by ignoring his "drama" was helping him to get through and stop complaining. When I heard those teens and adults describing feelings of being stabbed in the heart during a flare I cried. That weekend changed our lives. I knew what needed to be done and had some ideas how to start. In the years since I have been able to travel to Denver for another yearly conference as well as attending a smaller, local break out sessions sometimes offered. We are a few years out from this eye opening introduction to apfed and I owe them so much. A representative once did a conference call with the school district to help ensure my son got the IEP he needed and was entitled to, they send out education packets to my sons doctors so they know what he has and how to treat, they give us the very latest treatment options. Most important was learning we were not alone and my son meeting kids like him! My child is feeding tube dependent and we had never met one other child like that. Now my son has a ton of other buddies like him! I can never thank APFED enough for what they did to help me
Learn to be the best advocate o could to ensure my son received the treatment he needed and deserved!
I can hardly believe that it has been almost a year since I was referred to APFED. My son had been diagnosed with EoE a few years previous but both his doctor and myself were not knowledgeable about the true nature of this disease. My son (now 9) was constantly sick. I was shocked as I began to ready through APFED literature and watch their YouTube videos. These people were describing my son!!!
I was blessed to be able to attend the APFED conference last year in Philly. I was overwhelmed to say the least by the amount of information available. I left there armed with a real plan of what I needed to do for my child. On my return home we met with his dietician and his allergist (who were new for us and had told me about APFED) and what he was saying about treatment options made sense. My son does have a feeding tube. Prior to learning from APFED what that actually entailed I was beyond sated of this step. I can now say it has been a blessing. My son is now growing and no longer has symptoms of malnutrition.
As if that isn't enough, APFEDs step by step school resource info for IEPs has been a lifesaver. It is very clear and comprehensive about reasonable accommodations the school can make to help my son be a successful student. There are so many aspects of APFED that I have used or referred friends, family and teachers to that I know I am missing some part that I use. Just know that you will never be alone in any aspect of this disease once you come to the APFED website!!!
Apfed is one of those most helpful and knowledgeable organizations Ive ever dealt with. When my daughter was first diagnosed with EoE, they reached right out to me. They offered information, support and friendship. Such an awesome team of people!!!
We just went to our first APFED conference in San Diego. It was such a great experience! We learned so much and met new families, got safe foods, snacks and samples and really enjoyed our time! Besides the wonderful conference they put on, APFED has a great website to refer family and friends to re eosinophilic diseases. Besides all of the before mentioned, we are thankful for the fundraising they do to raise awareness and find a cure!
My family just went to our first APFED conference in San Diego and I am pleased to say it exceeded all our expectations. We learned so much and everyone was very nice and helpful. Our teen son met others like him for the first time in his life and made important friendships that continue online. We all felt supported in our individual journies of learning how best to cope with our child's disease. And the most valuable take away - we collectively left with a renewed sense of hope.
I highly recommend APFED to anyone struggling wtan eosinophilic disorder. They are a true blessing.
APFED has helped me deal with my EoE in multiple ways, both as a resource for information on the disease and also as a community. I attended the patient conference this year and it was an amazing experience that gave me a network for support, which is something I haven't had in the 2+ years since my diagnosis. This is by far the most informative website and the support team behind it is incredibly responsive. The EOS connections support page also helps to get questions answered and serves as a reminder that I am not alone in this fight. Thank you APFED!
I think that APFED offers a lot to the community. As a patient with EoE I have developed great relationships with other patients with my disorder. I look forward to their conference every year and I have attended the past 10 conferences. It is a great experience and I learn a lot.
My nephew has EoE, and has benefited so much from Apfed. He attends the annual conference (I have, too!) and values the time he is able to spend with other kids that have similar disorders. I have learned so much through their education at the conferences, newsletters and their staff is wonderful. My experience with this nonprofit has exceeded all my expectations, and I will continue to support their efforts!