Purple Canaries

Joyce Gould with Jill Gould

Acute porphyria diagnosis

NPAW (National Porphyria Awareness Week) Caregiver Commentary, Friday, April 12, 2019

Latent; clinically latent; completely latent; asymptomatic; completely asymptomatic; totally asymptomatic; clinically expressed; overt; manifest; biochemical and clinically manifest. Over the years, many terms such as these have been used by doctors/scientists to describe patients’ acute porphyria activity (most notably AIP which has long been the scientific “darling” of the acute porphyrias). In 1994, based on […]

Monday, National Porphyria Awareness Week April 8, 2019

Acute porphyria is… “horrible.” “excruciating, mind-bending pain, and more pain, vomiting, heart racing like crazy, not being able to breathe, brutal—just brutal.” “being treated like or talked to like you’re a hypochondriac, a junkie or mentally ill.” “doctors acting like I’m crazy.” “being told over and over that ‘everything’ is normal—but I know it isn’t.” […]

Saturday, National Porphyria Awareness Week, 2019

 APRIL 6 – 13, 2019 NATIONAL PORPHYRIA AWARENESS WEEK Finally! An organization that understands… The New York State Rare Disease Alliance: A Place for Patients and Caregivers Who are the True Experts in Rare and Complex Disease Care This is why Closed Facebook Forums dedicated to Porphyria were established long ago and have continued to flourish […]

A telling story for all patients with atypical acute porphyria presentation.

If the illness doesn’t kill you, the medical bills just might. Look elsewhere for answers. For an eye- and mind-opening information (and review of a documented case history) , check out 2018 STILL FEAR-RIDDEN, FRUSTRATED, FORGOTTEN AND FED-UP: Patients with Atypical Acute Porphyria Presentation STILL Stuck in Urinary Diagnostic Quagmire    

Great things can come in small packages.

As this very wearying year comes to an end and I find myself firmly ensconced in the 2017 holiday season, I realized that an inspiring gift had come via the Internet some weeks ago. Just words, it might seem an obscure, small thing to some, but to others, the 88 words meant someone got the […]

The eye sees only what the mind can comprehend. – Henri Bergston

I know I’m not alone in thinking it highly inappropriate that the apf coalesced around an AIP index case who did not produce holy grail darkened urine “naturally” and then joined forces with a group to set the bar for diagnosing ALL acute porphyrias based on excretion levels of of U-PBG (which, as it turns out, […]