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FitFactor Video: Swimming: A Safe and Efficient Workout

November 6, 2017

Swimming is often recommended as an ideal form of exercise for people with bleeding disorders for a few different reasons. To begin with, swimming allows one to strengthen their muscles in a way that doesn’t put weight on the joints, and therefore reduces the likelihood of bleed due to impact or pressure. It also enables […]

Young Adult Podcast: Grocery Shopping on a Shoestring Budget: How to Choose Healthy Foods without Breaking the Bank

November 3, 2017

By offering additional resources and education about the benefits of self-care and exercise for young adults, we hope to inspire a lifetime of healthy choices and habits! Our guests on this podcast are Kathryn Clark, a retired dietician, and Eric Burgeson, an active young adult with hemophilia. Kathryn and Eric iscuss ways to keep costs low at the grocery store […]

Young Adult Podcast: Maintaining Motivation: Creating Habits for a Lifetime of Fitness

November 3, 2017

By offering additional resources and education about the benefits of self-care and exercise for young adults, we hope to inspire a lifetime of healthy choices and habits! Our guest on this podcast is Karen Sullivan, retired professor of Health/Fitness at Marymount University. Tune into hear Karen discuss how to build sustainable fitness habits and how to get back on […]

Intern Introspective: That’s a Wrap for La’Brittinee and Paul

July 28, 2017

Earlier this summer we welcomed our summer policy and government relations interns to our D.C. office. La’Brittinee and Paul are part of the bleeding disorders community and were chosen to participate in a 10-week internship because of their leadership qualities and interest in the field of policy and advocacy. Throughout the summer, La’Brittinee and Paul: […]

Intern Introspective: Introducing La’Brittinee and Paul

June 2, 2017

Earlier this year, we opened applications for a ten-week policy & government relations internship* for this summer. We are excited to introduce you to the two candidates that we selected! La’Brittinee & Paul are part of the bleeding disorders community and have been chosen because of their leadership qualities and interest in the field of […]

Intern Introspective: That’s a Wrap for Cami

August 12, 2016

Intern Introspective Earlier this summer we welcomed our summer policy & government relations interns to our DC office. Eric and Cami are part of the bleeding disorders community and were chosen to participate in a 10-week internship because of their leadership qualities and interest in the field of policy and advocacy. Throughout the summer, Eric […]

Intern Introspective: That’s a Wrap for Eric

July 29, 2016

Earlier this summer we welcomed our summer policy & government relations interns to our DC office. Eric and Cami are part of the bleeding disorders community and were chosen to participate in a 10-week internship because of their leadership qualities and interest in the field of policy and advocacy. Throughout the summer, Eric and Cami […]

FDA Releases “Voice of the Patient” Summary from Patient-Focused Drug Development Initiative

July 14, 2016

In September 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration hosted a public meeting as part of it’s Patient-Focused Drug Development initiative, a 5 year initiative to learn more from patients across a variety of disease and disorders. We were proud to be a part of this meeting and provided support to several of the patient […]

Infusing Love: My Blood Gang

May 18, 2016

Not related by blood. Family because of it. I had a button made with this quote when Max participated in the Beards for Bleeders fund-raiser two years ago. Something I have gained from the bleeding disorder community is an oddly mismatched, but amazing group of BFFs. My gang, as I like to call them. What […]

Remembering Ryan White 26 Years Later

April 7, 2016

Ryan White died at the age of 18 on April 8, 1990. During the 1980s, Ryan bravely became a national spokesperson and symbol of hope for the hemophilia and HIV/AIDS community after being expelled from middle school due to community fears that the virus would spread to other children. Learn more about Ryan’s legacy by clicking […]

HFA Observes February 29 As Rare Disease Day

February 23, 2016

The Hemophilia Federation of America (HFA) joins the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) on February 29, and others around the world in observing Rare Disease Day. The purpose of this day is to focus attention on the needs of patients and families affected by rare diseases. In the U.S., any disease affecting fewer than […]

Community Voices: An Inhibitor On The High Seas

February 16, 2016

Justin Levesque (pictured in the orange hat), poses with the crew aboard a ship bound for Iceland.  __________________________________________ Justin Levesque has severe hemophilia with an inhibitor. Justin recently had an opportunity of a lifetime when he spent nine days aboard a ship to Iceland as part of an art project that he developed. In this […]

HFA Receives Donation of VeinViewer Flex

November 4, 2015

Christie Medical Holdings Inc., a global leader in portable vein imaging systems to aid in venipuncture procedures, has donated a VeinViewer® Flex to the Hemophilia Federation of America (HFA) as part of the Christie CARES philanthropy program. Based in Washington, D.C., the Hemophilia Federation of America serves as a consumer advocate for safe, affordable and […]

2015 Summer Intern Recap

August 7, 2015

Earlier this summer we welcomed our summer policy & advocacy interns to our DC office. Adam and Matthew are part of the bleeding disorders community and were chosen to participate in a 10-week internship because of their leadership qualities and interest in the field of policy and advocacy. Throughout the summer, Adam and Matthew: Gained […]

Infusing Love: Camp Forget-Me-Nots

July 29, 2015

“I don’t have a bleeding disorder,” said my oldest daughter, MaRee, last summer after I told her that I was signing her up for a joint teen retreat/camp hosted by Hemophilia of South Carolina and Hemophilia of North Carolina (HSC/HNC). “I know you don’t have a bleeding disorder, but they are allowing siblings to attend.  […]

HFA Interns Tour Maryland Plasma Center

July 24, 2015

Earlier this summer, we introduced you to Adam and Matthew, our summer Policy Interns. These two have been busy all over DC, attending Congressional hearings, Executive briefings, and much more. Last week, Matthew and Adam had the opportunity to tour Grifol’s plasma collection center in Frederick, MD. Centers like this collected plasma from donors, returning the […]

Infusing Love: Mom Interrupted

July 15, 2015

I am finding myself in an interesting point in my life.  My oldest son is home for the summer and has finished up his first year of college. My youngest son is about to start his senior year of high school. So I’ve successfully launched one bird out of the nest and hope I can […]

Dear Addy: Is It Safe To Get A Tattoo With Hemophilia?

April 20, 2015

  Dear Addy, I want to get a tattoo, but am worried that my hemophilia will complicate things. Is this safe? Signed, Un-Inked ________ Dear Un-Inked, This is a subject that you and your hematologist need to discuss. Here are some questions to ask your hematologist: Safety—Is it safe for someone with hemophilia to get […]

CDC Research Study: Female Hemophilia Carriers Have Joint Abnormalities

March 31, 2015

Research has suggested that women who are carriers for hemophilia (see definition in box below) might have an increased tendency to bleed. Repeat bleeding into the joint can lead to persistent joint swelling, ultimately leading to limited joint movement, and reduced joint range of motion. Given that there is an under-appreciation of the effects of being a […]

Infusing Love: Thanks ABC!

March 18, 2015

Wow – what a difference a day makes!  Yesterday our community was outraged by a careless remark made on the ABC television drama, “Secrets and Lies” which aired on Sunday, March 15th.  I, along with thousands of others, voiced my concern in a variety of ways – social media, emails, and good old fashioned talking. […]

Infusing Love: A Life Never Imagined

February 25, 2015

Have you ever signed up for something you felt you were not quite qualified for, but went ahead and did it anyway? I have, and I’m preparing to do it again.” Several years ago, when I first heard about Washington Days, I never imagined myself actively engaging with legislators.  For most of my life, I […]

Dear Addy: Holiday Travel

December 15, 2014

  Dear Addy, “My family and I are traveling out of state for the holidays. It is our first time traveling away from our hemophilia treatment center. Because of my son’s bleeding disorder we are concerned about insurance covering any emergency medical care he may need at an out of state hospital. How can I […]

A Caregiver’s Perspective: The Partner

November 24, 2014

I knew I was on to something good when I arrived home from meeting Brent for the first time. We had a fun night out after a spontaneous meeting through a mutual friend. When I got home, I broke the unwritten rule of waiting a while to text someone new. I was thrilled when he […]

FitFactor Video: Putting A Face to Martial Arts

November 20, 2014

When considering a physical activity for themselves or their family members with a bleeding disorder, many people overlook the possibility of martial arts.  It is a sport that can be considered for its many benefits beyond building muscle tone, flexibility and general health.  Some of the biggest benefits that come from practicing any of the […]

Deciding to Chase the Dream

November 19, 2014

It is important for individuals with a bleeding disorder to find a form of physical activity that they enjoy. When muscles are used during exercise it helps to  keep them flexible and strong.  Physical activity also helps individuals to maintain a healthy weight which keeps less stress off the joints, and has even proven to […]

A Caregiver’s Perspective: The Unaffected Sibling

November 17, 2014

My brother Evan was born on July 3rd, 2007. Two days after he was born, he was diagnosed with severe hemophilia A. I was eight years old when he was born and had never heard of this condition. It was difficult for me to grasp that my little brother would not live a ‘normal’ life. […]

November is National Caregiver Month

November 2, 2014

The bleeding disorders community is made up of dedicated caregivers. Moms, dads, grandparents, partners, spouses, and friends play a crucial supportive role in their loved one’s well-being. However, caregivers can often feel stressed, overwhelmed and burnt out. Therefore, it is important for caregivers to remember to take time just for them. Caregivers often feel guilty […]

FDA Hosts Patient-Focused Meeting

September 23, 2014

  On Monday, September 22, several members of the bleeding disorders community came out to share their experiences with bleeding disorders treatment with the FDA.* HFA worked with partners like NORD, PPTA, and NHF to ensure that our community was effectively represented. Patients and advocates of every age, every background, and with several different conditions came out […]

Sisters By Chance, Friends By Choice

July 17, 2014

A carrier of the hemophilia gene is a female who has a genetic mutation on one of her X chromosomes. About 1/3 of carriers experience bleeding problems and are often referred to as symptomatic carriers. By definition, if a woman has clotting factor levels less than 50%, she has mild hemophilia. Ashley and Sarah are […]

Project RED: Reaching Everyone Directly

May 29, 2014

A word that we hear frequently right now is “access”—access to quality care, resources, education, community, and other people affected by a bleeding disorder. Our Blood Brothers and Sisters everywhere have these concerns. The recent rise in the number of bleeding disorder organizations around the country (4 new chapters and member organizations) in the last […]


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