For parents of kids with esophageal atresia (also known as tracheo-esophageal fistula), nothing says Happy New Year like EA/TEF Awareness Month. Unless you’re a pediatric healthcare professional or the parent of a child with EA/TEF, you probably aren’t aware of the condition. I sure wasn’t until our newborn son was diagnosed with the condition hours after his birth in 1982.

EA/TEF Awareness Month 2018 has arrived and Different Dream is ready to share stories and information about this congenital birth defect throughout January.That’s why Lori McGahan, an EA/TEF parent, started EA/TEF Awareness Month some years back. And that’s why Different Dream will feature several posts about EA/TEF throughout January of 2018, as it has done in the past.

The Different Dream gang invites you to stop by this website frequently throughout the month to read new stories, as well as articles from past years, about children who live with EA/TEF and the parents who care for them.

Tomorrow, Lori kicks off the guest post series with the story of her son’s gritty determination. But if curiosity is getting the best of you, check out these links to information about the condition.

You can also type either EA/TEF or EA/TEF Awareness Month, in the search bar to start reading Different Dream articles from past Januaries. But before you do, grab a tissue. There’s a good chance you’ll need to wipe your eyes a time or two!

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