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"Confetti Skin, Beauty Within" is our blog about ichthyosis and its effect on our lives. Rachel and our three boys are affected with the form of ichthyosis called "icthyosis en confetti, type 2".

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Here's our summary of our best and most important posts of 2012.

In Case You Missed It: Recently From FIRST

During the past couple of months, have you been keeping up with what FIRST, the Foundation for Ichthyosis and Related Skin Types, has been doing online?

Things are ramping up for FIRST’s 2014 Family Conference in Indianapolis, from June 20-22. FIRST published some new Youtube videos — there’s a long version and a short version [...]

ARCI in Africa: Meet Dakura, Kweku and Amotalé

Dakura, Kweku and Amotale live in Jirapa, Ghana. Last month, a Ghana News article about them received a lot of publicity. Unfortunately, the headline of the article called them “alligator children” and concluded, “The children are seen as outcasts. People around perceive them as evil, but the mother is seeking help for her children.”

While [...]

Disney’s New Policy

Yesterday, I wrote a bit about our wonderful experience at Disney with three heat-intolerant children. Today, my friend Shannon Sagona is our guest poster, here to tell us about how Disney changed their pass for disabled guests. Shannon is a personal friend of mine, not affected by ichthyosis, but a mother of 3 and a [...]

Disney Changes their Disabled Guest Pass Policy

It’s been a few years since we went to Disney, but when we went, it was at the worst possible time of the year for a family of heat-sensitive small people. But you know what? Disney was fantastic.

In 2010, FIRST, the Foundation for Ichthyosis and Related Skin Types, held their biennial conference in late [...]

Another stolen picture of a baby with harlequin ichthyosis goes viral

We’re seeing a picture of a baby with harlequin ichthyosis “going viral” on Facebook. Just like about 10 months ago. This won’t be the last time it happens, either.

The caption to the most recent viral idiocy, posted on September 20, says, ” 1 Like = 1 Pray / 1 Share = 2 Prays / [...]

Hypnotherapy and Ichthyosis

ISG in the UK co-sponsored an “online clinic on skin conditions” that’s taking place this week. It’s still going on, and there are some worthwhile and interesting responses now, but Jennifer and I think that the forum was marred by the inclusion of a hypnotherapist on the panel of medical experts.

In one of the [...]

Tilting at Windmills on Reddit’s “WTF” Forum

About two weeks ago, as I was about to leave my office, I took a quick glance at Reddit and saw that someone had posted some pictures of a person with lamellar icthyosis, a form of autosomal recessive congenital ichthyosis (ARCI), to the Reddit forum called “WTF”. Since those pictures have been posted, they’ve been [...]

Megan on Lessons Learned at Summer Camp

While updating our blogroll links, I noticed that Megan’s blog has moved to a new address, and that I missed a letter she wrote about being a counselor at Camp Discovery.

Sometimes I think I use too many superlatives when talking about writing about ichthyosis, but I really think that Megan’s letter is a “must-read” [...]

A few quick notes about Dr. Fischer’s presentation at UNITI

The morning session for the UNITI conference in Bari, Italy just ended.

I, personally, got a lot out of the last session, a presentation by Dr. Judith Fischer of the Institute for Human Genetics, University Medical Center Freiburg in Germany. Dr. Fischer apologized to the audience, but she presented in English (with someone in the [...]

UNITI (Italian) Ichthyosis Conference, June 22 (with livestream)

The Italian Ichthyosis support group, UNITI (Unione Italiana Ittiosi) is having a meeting on Saturday (June 22) in Bari, Italy. This morning on Facebook, our friend Les Avakian posted that the conference will be livestreamed.

Bari, Italy is in Central European Summer Time, which is UTC/GMT +1 hour. The conference starts at 10:00 AM CEST, [...]