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Four years ago we got the devastating diagnosis of mitochondrial disease.  My husband and I felt like we were living in a game of whack-a-mole.  We could solve one problem but three more would pop up.  At the end of the day, our son was slowly deteriorating.  Our other son, is 16 months, younger than his brother, so we could not ignore our older son’s decline.  For over 3 years I had gone to  one  or more doctor appointments per week.  We were traveling weekly 3 hours for a 4 hour appointment.  We were emotionally and physically exhausted.  We felt our younger son was left with a sitter or spending his life in a doctors’ waiting room.  There was no time for our healthy child to have playdates, after-school or church activities.  

We called Brain Restoration Clinic and explained our situation.  Everyone was patient and helpful.  At the time, there was a 3-month waiting list to see Dr. Corbier.  They office manager offered to put us on a waiting list.  There was a cancellation and we saw Dr. Corbier in less than 2 weeks.  He spent two hours with us, and our son.  He took detailed notes.  He ordered a myriad of tests and scheduled a follow up in 10 weeks.  One test alone, was $50K, over all I would estimate the testing and treatment was in excess of $100K.  We paid out of pocket only 10%. Our son had not regularly attended school in three years, he was always tired, depressed and generally hated his life.  Dr. Corbier suggested a variety of therapies-diet, supplements, horse therapies, alpha stem, and specific iPhone apps that would improve his condition.  We were hopeful but not optimistic.  Honestly, i told my husband don’t buy me a gift for our 25th anniversary.  If there is even a glimmer of hope for him, we have to try.  My husband was very reluctant, but he gave in to my pleadings.  Once the test results came in, my husband and I took a day off from work.  Dr. Corbier spent over 2 hours with us explaining the complexity of our son’s illness.  We were devastated!  Dr. Corbier addressed both the physical and emotional affects of his diagnosis.  As Type A parents, we followed the diet and prescribed treatment for our son … it wasn’t a big bang experience but our son steadily improved.  At the 90-day mark, I requested we repeat the metabolic panel tests.  In December 2016, our son had almost no ferritin, vitamin D or protein in his system.  After following the protocol, every blood test was in the normal range.  Our son has NEVER had any vitamin D or ferritin in his system.  ALL his bloodworm was normal.  Mito kids never have normal blood work.  The blood work proved the financial sacrifices we had made for our son had worked beautifully.  He no longer needed O2 or weekly fluids.We had even gone 30 days without seeing our pediatrician.  It was a sacrifice, but our son has had a normal summer … camp, sleepovers, an amusement park, trips to the lake, and even a day at a waterpark. This is unheard of for children with our son’s diagnosis.  Is his life exactly like his peers, no but slowly and steadily he is enjoying the life of a typical middle schooler.  He even has become “sassy”!  This experience has been priceless to us.

Suzzannah, North Carolina