Photo collage of multiple children with Prader-Willi Syndrome

When Friends Turn Into Family

Contributed by Jennifer Lloyd

When it comes to finding people who understand PWS, it can feel isolating – especially after a new diagnosis.

Silas and Nora met at Physical Therapy at a few months old. I remember his PT telling me there was a little girl with PWS that was going there and I knew we had to meet! Both of their PTs set us up in the gym one day and I approached Jordan and the rest is history!

When Luke was in the NICU, Hillary posted a video on Facebook that really touched me and I reached out to her. A few months later we headed to Orlando to visit Disney World and to see Dr. Miller. Both of our families met up and ever since we see each other once a year! Even though we don’t get to hang out as much as we would like, the boys bond is incredible! They always pick up where they last left off.

Rachael and I were introduced through our local Speech Therapist and we immediately set up a play date. Not only do Silas and Finn always have a great time together, so do their older sisters!

Silas has had numerous play dates, day trips and vacations with Nora, Luke and Finn on separate occasions. Finally now in 2024, we were able to coordinate everyone’s crazy schedule and all four kids were able to get together! When they say it takes a village, it really does! Watching the kids grow up together is amazing and so is having the loving support of others who “get it”.

I highly encourage others to reach out to other PWS families whether it’s locally or over social media and find support! I truly believe this has been a huge factor in my mental health as well as sharing ideas and things with each other that have worked for our littles.

Having these friendships has been nothing short of amazing, not only for Silas but also for me! Seeing how we all celebrate each child’s milestone and love all of the kids like our own just melts my heart. It’s truly indescribable!

Photo collage of children with Prader-Willi Syndrome
Photo Collage of children with Prader-Willi Syndrome

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