My son’s name is Angel Isiah Martinez. He is 10 years old. His journey has been rough and long, but we get through it day by day. Being the mother of a sick child is not easy, but I would not take it back or trade it for the world. It molded me into who I am today.
Angel has WHIM syndrome associated with neutropenia, a rare blood disorder. WHIM syndrome (or Warts, Hypogammaglobulinemia, Infections, and Myelokathexis syndrome) is a rare, congenital immunodeficiency disorder characterized by chronic noncyclic neutropenia. Its symptoms include recurrent bacterial infections, respiratory infections, low white blood count (wbc) and absolute neutrophil count (anc).
He is always at risk for infection, so he sees a hematologist, immunologist, and pulmonologist. He takes an injection of Neupogen daily, intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) every three weeks to boost his immune system, and Zrytec for his allergies. His condition is very rare with only about 40 cases in the United States, and we have yet to meet others with this condition. We know lots with the subtype of neutropenia but not specifically with WHIM syndrome. His doctors still do not fully know the cause of his WHIM syndrome, but technology is advancing, and we keep hope for a cure.
My son is my inspiration, my hope, and he shows me daily “to never give up hope that one day he will be healed.” Even though he goes through so much, by looking at him and seeing how strong and courageous he is, you would never suspect he was battling with this. If you would like to learn more about Angel’s journey, please check out his Facebook page.