Purple Canaries

Joyce Gould with Jill Gould

Darkened urine

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 […]

NPAW (National Porphyria Awareness Week), Tuesday, April 9, 2019

This NPAW, thought I’d share bits of history uncovered as I review, sort and file zillions (ok, not zillions, but a lot) of porphyria-related articles. Orange–hued urine…acute porphyria attacks associated with severe heme depletion in the liver…. U.S. Dr. Cecil J. Watson (1901-1983)’s medical fellowship was completed in the Munich laboratory of the world’s leading […]

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.” […]

Porphyria Awareness Week – Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Well, well, well. Seems something has gotten under the skin of some porph ivory tower dwellers and hangers-on. Mama Canary doesn’t kowtow to manipulative gaslighting—and knows what she reads. Methinks this individual and her followers need to review what “she” herself wrote in her 2014 memoir —and what she wrote nine years later. To clear […]

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, […]