🎬 The 2018 Rare Disease Day video!

 

Show you’re rare. Show you care.

This year’s video features patients and family members, researchers and doctors who show they’re rare. The video shows the wide range of people involved in the rare disease cause and together, with your support they can be a strong voice for greater progress in research of rare diseases.

Read stories of the stars of the video – 5-year-old Enzo, who is living with congenital myasthenic syndrome, Yara, a rare disease researcher, Annie, who is living with leber hereditary optic neuropathy, Alexandre, who is living with Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva, and his father Antoine. Thank you also to ZoĂ©, who lives with Congenital myasthenic syndrome, Sylvain a doctor who has experience with diagnosis of rare diseases and Mirina who is living with Ehler-Danlos
 biographies coming soon!

Share this video on social media and with your friends and family to help show your solidarity with those living with rare disease and spread the word about Rare Disease Day, 28 February 2018!

📅 Rare Disease Day

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What am I doing for Rare Disease Day?

For me, it’s more that one day out of the year. Each and every day since 1987,  I tell anyone who will listen about Cushing’s.  I pass out a LOT Cushing’s business cards and brochures.

Adding to websites, blogs and more that I have maintained continuously since 2000 – at mostly my own expense.

Posting on the Cushing’s Help message boards about Rare Disease Day.  I post there most every day.

Tweeting/retweeting info about Cushing’s and Rare Disease Day today.

Adding info to one of my blogs about Cushing’s and Rare Disease Day.

Adding new and Golden Oldies bios to another blog, again most every day.

Thinking about getting the next Cushing’s Awareness Blogging Challenge set up for April…and will anyone else participate?

And updating https://www.facebook.com/CushingsInfo with a bunch of info today (and every day!)

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Why am I so passionate about Rare Disease Day?

I had Cushing’s Disease due to a pituitary tumor. I was told to diet, told to take antidepressants and told that it was all my fault that I was so fat. My pituitary surgery in 1987 was a “success” but I still deal with the aftereffects of Cushing’s and of the surgery itself.

I also had another Rare Disease – Kidney Cancer, rare in younger, non-smoking women.

And then, there’s the adrenal insufficiency

And growth hormone deficiency

If you’re interested, you can read my bio here https://cushingsbios.com/2013/04/29/maryo-pituitary-bio/

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📅 Invitation to Patient Day 2018

Please join us for Patient Day 2018 at Ultragenyx in Novato, CA on Saturday, April 7, 2018, for a day of live music, food, games, refreshments, and much more!
A limited number of travel scholarships will be available for patients and loved ones that may be joining them to support their participation in Patient Day 2018. For event details, travel scholarship information and to register, please click here.
An email confirmation will be sent to you upon completion of your registration. Travel scholarship awards will be sent out after February 1, 2018, once a decision is made.
We welcome all families living with any rare disease to join us in celebrating their strength and courage, while also recognizing their daily challenges and sacrifices. The interactions between our employees and families provide a first-hand education about living with rare disease and further inspires the work we do for patients and families. We would like to honor and thank all of the patients who are participating in our clinical trials; however, we also have to follow federal regulations regarding the avoidance of influencing patients in our studies. So sadly, we cannot have patients who are currently participating in selected Ultragenyx or Audentes studies attend Patient Day 2018.
If you are a healthcare provider caring for people with rare diseases, please feel free to forward this invitation to your relevant patients.
Please contact us if you have any questions or are unable to access the registration site.
Hope to see you there!
Patient Day Registration Team

✍ Sign Up and Enjoy Patient Benefits

 

Sign Up and Enjoy Patient Benefits

To join our database and to receive a $5 gift card if you qualify, please complete the form below. Currently we are looking for patients and caregivers with many different rare conditions. Please fill out the sign-up form below and we’ll let you know if you qualify. If you are the caregiver of more than one patient, or are both a patient and caregiver, please fill out a separate entry for each and you will receive multiple gift cards.

Please be aware that each entry is checked individually. Please include your correct personal phone number as we will call you to verify your information.  It may take up to four weeks before you receive your gift card if you qualify. Read more about how we use your information.

At this time we are accepting patients and caregivers across all diseases and conditions. However, that does not guarantee we will have surveys for you. If there are not any companies that have treatments available, or there are no companies developing treatments, then there would be no sponsors for surveys. But we are always looking for sponsors for all disease categories!

Only one caregiver per household, please! That is because our survey sponsors won’t allow more than one response from caregivers in the same household. If you have more than one caregiver, you can decide which of you can do each survey.

Please be aware that the rewards you earn from participating in market research, like all income you receive, is considered taxable by the IRS. We are required to submit form 1099 for each patient or caregiver whom we pay $600 or more in a year.

We are proud to say that we’ve rewarded patients with over $2.1 million for participating in surveys in the past four years!

Register here!

 

⁉ What Do *You* Think?

This question was originally posted on Facebook.

 

I responded with a quote from this book: Harvey Cushing: A Life in Surgery

“Dr. Harvey Cushing, who is the one responsible for discovering our disease, found some of his patients in circuses.”

Other responses so far:

OP:  Thank you for sharing this Mary Kelly O’Connor… as sad as this is… that our past cushing’s friends were on display as freaks in circuses, i am happy he was able to find them and help them and further his research.

Mary Kelly O’Connor: I remembered from reading this book many years ago.

For a long time, I was “mad” at circuses until I realized that they were the only people offering jobs to Cushies and others who should have had a better chance at life.

I know the circuses were exploiting the “freaks” but at least they could find a place in society.

I am so thankful to Dr. Cushing and the work he did…for all of us. I hate the disease but I am so glad that I’m alive after it was discovered and I didn’t have to run away to join a circus, too.

OP: Mary Kelly O’Connor i also am thankful to dr harvey cushing… even though i did read he was sorta an asshole arrogant jerk. Lol. I guess when you are the father of neuroscience you are entitled though…

Mary Kelly O’Connor:  My first “real” endo, the one who diagnosed me was that description. But he got me into NIH for surgery and I’m thankful to him, too. (But I never went back after I found another endo. LOL)