What do you get when you mix a former biology teacher with a communications director at a Patient Support Forum?
As we disassembled the conference room following a day full of science, solutions and soulful conversation, I noticed what appeared to be a crinkle-edged, doodle-covered note on the edge of a table. Just as I was about to swipe it into the trash, a hand swooped in, snatching it up for the rescue.
“It’s an easy way to explain basic genetic mutation, using language,” Jennifer See said, holding it up for me to see.
Hmm. A quick and simple visual aid to the often complex biology of our very existence? I was intrigued.
“To be or not to be,” she said, grabbing a fresh piece of paper and taking the seat next to me. As she began to re-draw what appeared to be the very same doodle, it occurred to me that I was not the only person that could benefit from this avante-garde science lesson on the basics of genetic mutation. Luckily there were seven remaining minutes of power on my iPad…and Jennifer only needed one take!
Interested in learning more? Go to: What’s a Gene by confettiskin.com, detailing the very same topic discussed in this video.
Tips from the Product Breakout Session in Mahwah, NJ:
Also, as promised, below is list of helpful tips and products discussed during our product break out session with doctors and members. Keep in mind, that FIRST does not endorse or favor one product over another. We keep a comprehensive list of creams, lotions, bath additives, cooling products, etc., which is available to you by contacting our office. Below are just a few helpful tips and products mentioned in Mahwah:
- Remember, creams and lotions are a personal preference. Ask your child directly, what lotions do they like? This will help guide what is working for their particular condition.
- The group collectively agreed that some moisture creams sting less than others. Over the counter petroleum jelly is still a popular alternative following a bath, and some members have not had the need to even try other products. It doesn’t sting and it is inexpensive.
- Body conditioner was recommended by one of the teen attendees to smooth and soften skin.
- For exfoliating the scalp, one dermatologist highly recommended the “Tangle Teaser,” a comb from the UK.
- Shea butter, mixed with lotion, is popular and inexpensive choice for moisturization.
- Dawn dish detergent is a great additive to the laundry; with the regular detergent, add a squeeze in the washer.
Next Patient Support Forum stop? San Jose!