Paizlee is four years old and is a native of Muscle Shoals, Alabama. She loves all things unicorns, mermaids and anything bright and fun! She would love to take gymnastics, dance and maybe even something fun like karate! Paizlee is full of energy and will light up any room with her bubbly personality.
Paizlee was a year and a half old when she was diagnosed with SIOD. She was only tested because her brother was diagnosed. They wanted to make sure she wasn’t a carrier of the mutated gene since her path was so different than her brothers. I remember that phone call from Paizlee’s results. I was expecting to hear she was a carrier, she wasn’t a carrier after all, but never expected she would have the disease as well. Her diagnosis was so much harder than Kruz’s. It came out of nowhere. She wasn’t even showing signs. I remember hanging up the phone, calling my husband and crying uncontrollably. I told him to come home from work. After the phone call, Paizlee was just waking up from her nap and I remember just grabbing her from her crib and hitting my knees praying over her. I prayed they were wrong about her diagnosis. But they were not wrong, Paizlee had just made her and her brother a 1 in 80 million chance and the first siblings in the United States.
Paizlee is following the same path as her brother. Right now at age 4, she’s in stage two renal failure. She’s been diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome and T cell deficiency. She’s behind on growth and has the short stature aspect of SIOD. She will have a stem cell transplant at Stanford soon, with her dad being the donor. She will have a kidney transplant to follow if needed after the stem cell.
Paizlee is a trailblazer in her path of SIOD. Thankfully she was an early diagnosis so we’ve been watching for signs and symptoms for a while. She’s on blood pressure and thyroid medication like her brother, medication to help the kidneys, and she’s soon approaching her transplants, first being to give her a new immune system to fight SIOD.
The hardest thing for us is holding Paizlee back. She’s such a high energy child and maybe a less severe case we hope.