For those of you who do not know me my name is Breanna, and I have PKU. Two of my sisters also have PKU. Erica is ten years old, and Genavieve will be one on July 25th. A few weeks ago my sisters and I had our PKU clinic visit. Our trips to Children's Hospital are always interesting. Every appointment we try to cram me and my sisters, our mom, our doctor, our dietitian, the genetic counselor, and sometimes even a few medical students into one tiny doctors office. We get along wonderfully with our amazing clinic staff, and the appointments are like mini parties. I am eighteen now, which means that was probably the last time I will go to a PKU appointment with my sisters. In addition to attending PKU appointments on my own, I will be moving away to college in August. Have you ever heard the old saying 'you don't know what you've got till it's gone'? That is what I keep thinking about right now. Of course my sisters are not really going to be gone, but now that huge changes are occurring in my life I am realizing how lucky I truly am! Not everyone who has PKU is lucky enough to have PKU siblings. Having PKU sisters is a bitter-sweet situation. I love having someone to relate to, and my sisters and I have created many amazing PKU related memories together. On the other hand, despite how positive my family is about PKU, I know life would have been just a little bit easier if I was the only one who was born with PKU rather than three of us. I just wanted to share the wonderful memories I have had growing up with my sisters. Growing up I remember having 'formula races' with Erica to see who could finish their formula first. I remember cooperating for the first time when doing a blood test, just because I did not want my 'PKU buddy' to see me cry. I will never forget the first time I tried to teach Erica how to use our phe book. I ended up comparing milligrams of phe to the televisions...in the end I think we were both confused. I remember going to PKU events and being so proud to show off my PKU sisters. I also remember never worrying about whether or not I would know someone at PKU events, because I always had my sisters. More recently I remember cracking up when I fed Genavieve her first low protein cookie, and it crumbled to pieces before she got it to her mouth. I will not forget when Erica and I received formula samples in the mail. Neither of us liked the formulas, but we gave it to Genavieve, and we learned she will drink any and every formula created! Every time I go to PKU camp or other PKU events Erica and I have a blast trying all of the formula samples I have collected. I will never forget the time I won a game of Truth Or Dare against my cousins, because Erica dared my cousin and me to drink her formula. Whoever drank it won. Of course I was going to drink it! I'm used to drinking formula LOL! Hopefully my sisters and I will continue creating these memories together. Looking back I realize how lucky I am to have my sisters, and I hope others who have siblings who have PKU will look on the bright side as well! There are so many things my sisters have been able to do that we would not have done if we did not have PKU. If I did not have PKU I doubt I would eat as healthy as I do. My family never would have become vegetarians, which really was better for them because heart disease runs in my family. I never would have gone to PKU camp, holiday parties, summer picnics etc. I would not know all of my friends who have PKU. I probably would not have the dream of becoming a medical geneticist, and so much more!