One thousand people in the world share the diagnosis of Phelan McDermid Syndrome. Rare is the word. To have a child with a rare syndrome is exhausting and special and rewarding. We thought that Jacob was the one who needed to learn many things, but it has been proven that HE is the one who has taught us so many things; Patience, humor, acceptance, unconditional love and endurance. Jacob and I use acrylic paint and wooden framed canvasses. He signs his paintings with his handprint on the back of the canvas.