I still think back to how isolated I felt growing up with PKU. No one understood. Doctors and medical professionals did not understand. How lonely I felt at times. I finally met others with PKU in September, but now only know people through PKU.com and FaceBook. I encourage parents to keep this in mind for children with PKU. Help them to meet someone else with PKU- and take them to PKU related events. That would have been helpful to me when I was younger. My dad had no way of knowing that, and I really did not understand why I felt so much like an outsider in life. Anyone in the Tampa Bay area with PKU can feel free to contact me and we can get together- I have a wife and two daughters who are just now getting to understand PKU. If you are a parent of a PKU child, we can still get together and the child can see that PKUers grow up and can have non-PKU children. It is healthy to promote social events for people with PKU.