Purple Canaries

Joyce Gould with Jill Gould

Porphyria

FINAL: Beyond Purple Canary: How and why I disassociated myself from the American Porphyria Foundation and it collusive Porphyria Consortium

At Jill’s hematologist’s request, Dr. Tishler telephoned me to ask why I thought my daughter had AIP. I explained what had been happening for seven years—the symptoms; the hospitalizations; results of the 2008 DNA testing; the favorable response to D10 and Panhematin treatments and specific trigger identification/association with attacks. He did not appear to be […]

PART 2: Beyond Purple Canary: How and why I disassociated myself from the American Porphyria Foundation and its collusive Porphryia Consortium–and how I discovered that Jill and I weren’t (and had never been) alone after all.

By the time the city of Boston was in the bus’s rear view mirror, I’d come to the realization that Dr. Desnick never had any intention of talking to me and I suspected that Desiree know it, too. In fact, I was highly skeptical that he’d been in Boston at all, never mind at the […]

Difficult Patient

I received my copy of “Difficult Patient” from Australia–$22.29 no shipping—honest! I immediately began reading, my yellow highlighter at the ready. I also grabbed some sticky pads to mark pages for quick reference. I am not one prone to weeping, but have to confess that within a short while, my face was unexpectedly wet with […]

PART 1: Beyond Purple Canary: How and why I disassociated myself from the American Porphyria Foundation and its collusive Porphryia Consortium

If you’ve read Purple Canary, you’ll remember that I first learned of the American Porphyria Foundation’s (APF) existence in 2008 when I’d turned to the Internet for information about a rare disease the pediatric neurologist we’d consulted had mentioned and ordered blood work for. Being American, I of course was immediately interested in APF listings, […]

Purple Canary – Author Review

First and foremost, Purple Canary exposes the simple truth that we all fear what we don’t understand. A story with few light moments, Purple Canary is a sobering chronicle about discerning, diagnosing and living with the rare metabolic disorder known as acute intermittent porphyria in a world where the condition is largely unrecognized and therefore, […]

Hurray! Purple Canary welcomes an acute porphyria cousin from the land down under!

I was recently made aware of a book written by Australian Sue Currie, who was diagnosed with HCP (Hereditary Coproporphyria). The ebook is titled, ““Difficult Patient,” and is available for purchase at https://www.amazon.com.au/Difficult-Patient-Sue-Currie-ebook/dp/B072VW4NG8. The Amazon page says, “Imagine having a life-threatening illness only for doctors to think you were faking it.” My daughter Jill and […]

FEAR-RIDDEN, FRUSTRATED, FORGOTTEN AND FED-UP

FEAR-RIDDEN, FRUSTRATED, FORGOTTEN and FED-UP: Patients with Atypical Acute Porphyria Presentation Stuck in Urinary Diagnostic Quagmire. Caregiver/patient perspective by parent/advocate/author of Purple Canary; ©J. Gould, 1st Quarter, 2017   Contents: Introduction Uroscopy US AIP Presentation: Swedish vs. Atypical AIP Presentation Low or Absent PBGs = No Treatment in US, UK, Australia and other countries Diagnostic […]

Expert Denial Continues: Fear-ridden, Frustrated, Forgotten and Fed-up paper released

Hoping to direct worldwide attention to a long-simmering polarization involving acute porphyria presentation, I recently released FEAR-RIDDEN, FRUSTRATED, FORGOTTEN and FED-UP: Patients with Atypical Acute Porphyria Presentation Stuck in Urinary Diagnostic Quagmire [FFFF].Written from a caregiver/patient perspective, the paper provides plenty of thoughts to ponder about the experts’ insistence that excessive urinary PBG excretion during […]

Press Release 6/17/2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 1, 2017 STUCK IN DIAGNOSTIC QUAGMIRE, PATIENTS ROUTINELY ABANDONED BY RARE DISEASE SPECIALISTS ARE DENIED TREATMEMT – Caregivers Claim Situation is Problematic the World Over     PORTLAND, CT, USA – A long-simmering polarization in the acute porphyria community is coming to public light. On one side are patients who suffer […]