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Infusing Love: Mama Is Always Right

  The early years of my motherhood experience were pretty lonely. We lived across the country from our extended family and I didn’t know any one in the neighborhood, and frankly, the other moms I did meet weren’t exactly people I wanted to socialize with. My go-to’s for parenting advice were books I had bought […]

ACTION ALERT: Vote Likely on Tuesday, July 25!

On Tuesday, the Senate will likely vote on a “Motion to Proceed,” which is the first step to open debate on health reform legislation.  If the motion passes, they may consider a 2015 bill that will repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act without replacing it, or the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), the recent […]

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Dear Addy: PRIDE Project

Dear Addy, I have heard of HFA’s PRIDE Project but am not clear on how I can participate and what I can learn from my participation. As a bleeding disorders community member, what do I need to know about the project and can I really do research? Signed, Researching Research Dear Researcher, You do research […]

Intern Introspective: Plasma Donation Center Tour

Nearing the end of their 10-week internship, La’Brittinee and Paul got an opportunity to tour Grifol’s plasma collection center in Frederick, Maryland. Centers like this collect plasma from donors and then return the red blood cells to the donor in one sitting. The plasma, which undergoes several levels of strict testing, is then pooled and […]

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Infusing Love: Meet Kristi

  Happy summer to all! I’m honored to join the ranks of the Infusing Love bloggers, and appreciate the opportunity to share my family’s stories and perspectives on living with hemophilia. Our family includes myself, my husband Nick, and our son, Liam, who is 4 ½. We live in Vermont right on the border with […]

ACTION ALERT: July 17, 2017 Update on BCRA

A vote on the health care bill will happen soon, and our organizations need you to take action. On July 13, 2017, the Senate released another “discussion draft” of the BCRA. Despite promises from numerous lawmakers to change the bill, the latest iteration of the bill actually decreases protections for those with pre-existing conditions. The […]

FAQ: Hemophilia Memorial at the National Memorial AIDS Grove

  How did the Hemophilia Memorial at the National AIDS Memorial Grove come to be? In 2016, National AIDS Memorial Grove reached out asking for support for their “Surviving Voices” project. This is a multi-year oral history project meant to ensure that stories and lessons of the AIDS epidemic are captured, curated, and retained for […]

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Infusing Love: Not What I Had Planned

I like control. I like order. I like a plan. I like lists. Not in an overly aggressive way, but in a way that makes me feel calm. If I can plan for it, I can feel in control of it. Hemophilia does not work this way. Hemophilia and all the moving parts involved with […]

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Dear Addy: Hematology Visit

Dear Addy, I often become flustered when I visit my hematologist, despite having lots of questions. Can you offer guidance on how to prepare for my visit so I get my questions answered? Signed, Stressed by Appointment Dear Stressed, Any doctor visit can generate a case of nerves. If you have butterflies in your stomach […]

CDC Health Advisory: Patients Receiving Eculizumab (Soliris®) at High Risk for Invasive Meningococcal Disease Despite Vaccination

Per an early release of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), new information was released today regarding Eculizumab (Soliris®) in patients with the rare blood disorders, paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria and atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome. Read the MMWR article in full here.  

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