Marian McGlocklin looks like any two year old little girl. She’s as bubbly and curious as any toddler, but sadly she’s also living with a rare disease.
Marian suffers from Niemann-Pick disease type C (NPC1), which is also known as one of the types of childhood Alzheimer’s.
Her parents, Paul and Sara, told the Mirror they first noticed she wasn’t reaching some of her milestones and that she’d forgotten words she had already learned.
At first, doctors told the couple there was nothing wrong with their daughter, but they persisted, and after seven months they finally discovered what the problem was.
While the toddler’s symptoms aren’t too severe right now, she is displaying specifically forgetfulness. There is also a strong chance she won’t live to see her teen years because of severe brain degeneration.
Marian’s parents were told their daughter would never walk – she might try, but would soon forget what she had learned – but the toddler proved them wrong and recently took her first few steps.
Her parents were overjoyed, but continue to live in fear of their daughter’s deteriorating mind; she remembers who they are, but for how long?