Christina Strong with her son Joshua Hellmann in 2007. Joshua suffered from MELAS syndrome, a rare genetic condition that is often fatal and particularly affects the brain, nervous system and muscles. Photo: Annemarie Evans

Dealing with PTSD: how a mother coped after death of teen son, who had rare genetic disease

  • Christina Strong developed post-traumatic stress disorder after her son died aged 15 having suffered 10 strokes in five years
  • She learned to control it after multiple years of therapy, and now helps other families whose children suffer from under-supported conditions
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Christina Strong with her son Joshua Hellmann in 2007. Joshua suffered from MELAS syndrome, a rare genetic condition that is often fatal and particularly affects the brain, nervous system and muscles. Photo: Annemarie Evans
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