Compared with the developmental and emotional problems Jaiden suffered from the time he was born, the odd patch of skin that appeared on his right thigh when he was 7 seemed minor.
He noticed it first. It was about the size of a postage stamp and looked no different than the surrounding skin. But it felt as hard as pavement.
Natalie and Tim Rogers — Jaiden's legal guardians — weren't particularly worried, and neither was his pediatrician. But a specialist ordered a biopsy and told Natalie to sit down before giving her the news over the phone.
She imagined cancer. The doctor gave her a different diagnosis: stiff skin syndrome.
It sounded so innocuous,...