My Mother's Disease

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Friday, October 09, 2009


Until recently all Victoria (Vikky) Cruz knew was that her mother was sick. Her mother hasn't been able to walk in years, can barely speak and goes into rages, but no one ever told Vikky why. Now, at 17-years-old, Vikky struggles to cope with her mother's illness, a rare gentetic disease called neuroacanthytosis, and the ways it's taken over the mother she once knew.

Produced by:

Sanda Htyte


Marianne McCune


Victoria "Vikky" Cruz

Comments [1]

NancySpates, MD from Lansing, MI

Dear Vikky,
Thanks to you and WNYC for this story. Your honesty in sharing your story is a gift. It will help other kids and families with this difficult wishes in all you do.

Dec. 31 2010 08:33 PM

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