In January of 2015, Annika (1 year old at the time) was at a doctor visit for something completely unrelated, and it was discovered that her spleen was enlarged. Over a years time there were multiple scans and blood tests done to determine why this was happening, as well as a reason for her having low platelet counts and anemia. All tests were inconclusive. In January of 2016, the last resort was a bone marrow biopsy, where it was revealed that Annika has Gaucher Disease Type 1. Since the disease is passed genetically, it was recommended that we test our other two children. The results came back, Sienna (5) was negative but it was discovered that Diego (9) also has the disease.
The past few years has been an adjusment to the lives of the Garay family, but there has been 1 constant, and that has been the support of the National Gaucher Foundation (NGF). The NGF has always been readily available to answer questions and help where they can. With their help, the Garay's have been able to make yearly trips from Albuquerque, NM, to New Haven, CT, to see Dr. Pramrod Mistry, one of the very best Gaucher Disease specialists there is. Please help us support the NGF so they can continue to help families like ours.