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Infusing Love: This Is Us

March 22, 2017

  My mighty warrior, Caeleb, still has an inhibitor. His Bethesda Unit (BU) is less than one and his half-life is less than four hours, so we have a ways to go. His BU has reached zero a few times, and I was thrilled! It was a victory, and when you live with an inhibitor […]

Dear Addy: Social Media

February 20, 2017

Dear Addy, I often hear about using social media to engage policymakers and spread awareness to friends. Does this really work? How can I advocate on social media without being annoying or preachy? Signed, Social Media Maven Dear Maven, Social media can be an excellent platform to raise awareness for an issue or cause you […]

Community Member Spotlight: Shawn Nease, Organizer of Delves for Donors

January 9, 2017

  For the second year in a row, Shawn Nease organized a charity game of Dungeons & Dragons, a fantasy tabletop role-playing game, to raise money for HFA’s Helping Hands Program. Delves for Donors II: Out for More Blood offered gamers in Maryland and Eastern Pennsylvania the opportunity to purchase a seat in a two-hour […]

Infusing Love: Taking a Stand

December 7, 2016

  Every day we advocate for our children and ourselves. Our advocacy ranges on a small scale such as requesting a drink refill when we need one at restaurant to advocating for our children on a larger scale when requesting a doctor to infuse your child before any sort of x-ray when in an emergency […]

Dear Addy: Legislative Day Participation and Follow-up

June 26, 2016

Dear Addy, I recently participated in a state legislative day and left feeling great about what we accomplished. How do I maintain this energy and continue to advocate for the issues I am concerned about? -Eager Advocate Dear Eager, Congratulations on participating in your state legislative day. This is an important way to advocate for […]

Infusing Love: Physical Fundraising

May 20, 2015

This is becoming one of my favorite times of the year to be a bleeding disorders advocate.  It’s the time of year when individuals of all ages come together to raise crucial money for the community by participating in walks and bike rides across the country. In 2011, HFA hosted it’s first annual Gears for […]

Infusing Love: Blessed to Have Treatment

April 15, 2015

I sometimes forget how fortunate we are to live in the United States. When Max was younger, we had all the typical issues a child with hemophilia has: excessive bruising, bloody noses, and joint bleeds. I struggled to maintain health insurance, and as he aged, I struggled with navigating his infusions. As we attended more […]

Five New Developments in Hemophilia

April 7, 2015

This post first appeared on Vector, a blog of Boston Children’s Hospital an was written by Ellis Neufeld, MD, PhD, a hematologist at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center.   ________________________________________________ From new longer-acting drugs to promising gene therapy trials, much is changing in the treatment of hemophilia, the inherited bleeding disorder in which the blood does not clot. […]

HFA Partnering With NORD For Rare Disease Day and Hemophilia Awareness Month

February 12, 2015

In a couple of weeks, the bleeding disorders community will be recognizing Rare Disease Day on February 28, Hemophilia Awareness Month during the entire month of March, and World Hemophilia Day on April 17. These important dates were created to help raise awareness about rare conditions like hemophilia and other bleeding disorders. This year, we are thrilled to partner with the National […]

Infusing Love: A Community’s Legacy

December 3, 2014

[glossary_exclude] This past Monday marked the 26th annual World AIDS Day.  James W. Bunn and Thomas Netter, two public information officers for the Global Programme on AIDS at the World Health Organization, conceived World AIDS Day in 1987. Since then, messages and proclamations that raise awareness and call for action for an AIDS-free generation are […]

Gears for Good: Your Chance to Make a Difference!

September 25, 2014

There is still time to make a difference! The Gears for Good bike ride is this weekend, September 26-28th, 2014. FitFactor encourages physical activity in individuals with bleeding disorders.  HFA provides an opportunity for those who are physically active to benefit the bleeding disorders community in our annual charity bike ride-Gears for Good.  You don’t […]

HFA Interns Tour MD Plasma Center

July 31, 2014

Recently our summer policy interns, Maria and Lewis, toured a Maryland plasma collection facility to learn the multi-step testing and purification process to ensure its safety and efficiency. ______________________________________ 1) Was this your first time visiting a plasma center? What did you expect it to be like? Lewis: This was my first time visiting a plasma […]

Boston Globe: Help For Patients with Chronic Diseases

July 24, 2014

Receiving a diagnosis for a chronic disease whether for yourself or your child can be devastating and confusing. When my son was diagnosed with hemophilia, he was just days old. I often think back to those first days and distinctly remember a conversation with a nurse, who would go on to become a long-term caregiver […]

Dear Addy: Maximum Out-of-Pocket Expenses

July 21, 2014

Dear Addy, Are there any guarantees that maximum-out-of-pocket expenses won’t continue to rise under the ACA? What, if anything, restricts such a rise? Signed, Not-So-Deep-Pockets __________________________ Dear Pockets, Maximum-out-of-pocket expenses are likely to continue to rise year-after-year. In fact, under the ACA, if the average cost of insurance premiums rises on a per person basis […]

Boston Globe: Specialty Drugs Transform Lives — But At a Cost

July 21, 2014

Every year, Cora Higson fills out a sheaf of forms and waits several long, anxious days to learn whether a charity will pay for the drug she needs to breathe. The medication — Tracleer — is so essential, Higson says, that she is supposed to call her doctor immediately if she misses a dose. But […]

HR 460 Change.org Petition

July 18, 2014

For the past 20 years, we have worked hard to make sure everyone with a bleeding disorders has access to affordable life-saving treatment. One of the ways we do this is to support legislation like the Patient’s Access to Treatment Act (HR 460). This bill would prohibit an insurance company from charging more for drugs […]

Pfizer: Phase 3 Study Postitive Results of Weekly Prophylaxis

July 17, 2014

Once-Weekly Prophylaxis Treatment with BeneFIX® Significantly Reduced Annualized Bleeding Rate Compared to On-Demand Treatment _____________________________ Pfizer Inc. announced the positive results of a Phase 3 study comparing a prophylaxis regimen of BeneFIX® Coagulation Factor IX (Recombinant) 100 IU/kg once-weekly to on-demand treatment in people with moderately severe to severe hemophilia B. The top-line results of the […]

Penn Research Could Improve Hemophilia Treatment

July 17, 2014

*This article was originally posted on July 17, 2014 in Penn Current and was written by Katherine Unger Baillie. Click here to read this article in its entirety. ____________________________________ Hemophilia is a rare but potentially dangerous disease. People with the condition produce very low levels of clotting factor, the proteins in blood that stop bleeding and help begin the […]

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 […]

Dear Addy: Veteran’s Health Care

July 7, 2014

Dear Addy, Will the ACA [Affordable Care Act] affect military insurance for active duty and retirees? Signed, A Curious Veteran ___________________________ Dear Veteran, The ACA will not affect active duty military or veterans who are enrolled in either TRICARE or the Veteran’s health care program. If you are not enrolled in TRICARE or the Veteran’s […]

How Our Interns Saw The HFA Hill Day

June 26, 2014

Last week,  members of the bleeding disorder community flew to Washington, DC to speak with their US House and Senate representatives asking them to support HR 460, the Patients’ Access to Treatment Act. This important piece of legislation prohibits insurance companies from charging more for the drugs that they place into specialty tiers, than they […]

HFA ‘Champion Award’ Given to 4 Members of Congress

June 19, 2014

On June 18, 2014, we hosted a successful Hill Day in Washington, DC alongside an online Virtual Hill Day to gain support for bill HR 460, The Patients’ Access to Treatment Act in the US Senate, and other issues like the ability for third-party non-profits to help make payments on behalf of patients, and funding for the Centers for […]

Infusing Love: Knocking On Capitol Hill’s Doors

June 19, 2014

Advocacy used to scare the devil out of me. I avoided anything that had to do with going to my state capitol or writing a letter to a legislator.  Advocacy sounded like downright torture and I didn’t want any part of it. A perspective change came in the late fall of 2005. My husband called […]

CMS: Medicare Will Cover HCV Screening

June 5, 2014

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has determined the following: The evidence is adequate to conclude that screening for Hepatitis C Virus (HCV), consistent with the grade B recommendations by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), is reasonable and necessary for the prevention or early detection of an illness or disability and […]

CDC Six-Year Inhibitor Study Released

May 16, 2014

The journal Haemophilia has published the results of a six-year study called the Hemophilia Inhibitor Research Study (HIRS) that was designed to test the feasibility of conducting national monitoring for inhibitors among people with hemophilia in the United States. The study collected blood specimens on a regular basis from study participants, which were tested at […]

CDC: Report on the Universal Data Collection (UDC) Project

April 29, 2014

From 2005-2009, federally funded Hemophilia Treatment Centers (HTCs) participated in the CDC’s Universal Data Collection (UDC) to help collect vital health information from about 27,000 patients in the bleeding disorders community. Report Highlights from the UDC Report This surveillance report focuses on UDC data collected during years 2005 through 2009. A total of 44,239 visits were made […]

Dear Addy: Informed Consent

April 28, 2014

Dear Addy, The last time I took my son to his HTC I was asked to participate in a survey. I didn’t have time to read the consent form because my son wasn’t feeling well that day, so I asked if I could complete the survey at the next visit. The nurse told me I […]

How a Liver Transplant Changed My Life

April 25, 2014

One of the most important things you can do for your health is to have a proper diet. What you put into your body affects how you look and feel. Maintaining a healthy weight is especially important for individuals with a bleeding disorder. Being at a healthy weight can reduce the number of bleeding episodes you experience, […]

Infusing Love: I’m Not Bossy. I’m a Hemo Mom

April 23, 2014

You may have seen the new campaign, “Ban Bossy” that features Beyonce, Michelle Obama, Sheryl Sanberg and other prominent female figures. This campaign is focused on encouraging girls to be confident leaders, while discouraging labels such as bossy, aggressive, angry, or one of the many other commonly used epithets. I think we as Hemo Moms […]

AFFIRM: The Next Generation of Hemophilia Leaders

April 22, 2014

AFFIRM (Adult Fellowship for Integrating Responsible Mentors) is a three- year leadership development program targeting men ages 25 to 35 from around the world . In its second term, ten men have demonstrated dedication and leadership within their local community to improve the lives of those with a bleeding disorder (see list below). Twice a […]


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