December 4, 2020
In this episode, Colby speaks with Taylor Anne Burtz and Peter Zdziarski of the Glanzmann's Research Foundation. Glanzmann's thrombasthenia is rare genetic condition characterized as a blood clotting disorder. Taylor and Peter discuss their personal experiences with the condition and the foundation's goals of connecting patients and advancing research for treatments and a cure.
Find out more information about the Glanzmann's Research Foundation at www.curegt.com.
November 20, 2020
Sunni speaks with Adam Settle and his family about the new book chronicling Adam's life with cobalamin C deficiency. The genetic condition can cause blindness, nervous system issues and other symptoms. Learn more about Adam and his book here: https://adamsettle.wordpress.com/
As mentioned in the intro, check out the "Fight the Swell" HAE podcast on YouTube here: https://bit.ly/3ojRV9Q
November 6, 2020
In this episode, we say goodbye to Patient Worthy managing editor Ilana. Colby and Ilana also discuss Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and why diagnosis can be such a long road for patients.
October 16, 2020
In this episode, Ilana and Rebekah talk with Darlene Shelton, the founder of Danny's Dose. It's a nonprofit dedicated to changing emergency medical protocols for chronic illness and rare disease patients. This conversation was recorded at the NIH Rare Disease Day in Februrary, 2020 -- the last in our series of conversations with patients on the front line of rare disease advocacy.
October 9, 2020
In this episode, Sunni talks with illustrator J.G. Jones, who has worked as a comic book artist for almost 25 years. Jones, who was diagnosed with a type of rare blood cancer, is working on a new project that is bringing attention to myeloproliferative neoplasm patients through a combination of story and illustration.
September 11, 2020
In this episode, Ilana has a conversation with Jansen's Foundation president and founder Neena Nizar. Jansen's Disease is one one of the rarest disorders in the world, with Neena reporting only 10 known cases worldwide when she started her foundation in 2017. This interview was recorded in February 2020 at NIH Rare Disease Day. Since then, Neena reports that the COVID-19 pandemic has understandably slowed some of the Jansen's Foundation's work, but that they are moving things back on track soon.
Read about Neena and her family in the New York Times, here: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/07/health/rare-diseases.html
August 21, 2020
In this episode, managing editor Ilana Bean talks with disease advocate Whitney Carter about her journey to multiple diagnosis and how it led her to getting involved patient awareness. Recorded at the NIH Rare Disease Week in February 2020.
August 13, 2020
On this episode, Managing Editor Ilana Bean has a conversation with Amy Dahm, the head of Cushing's Support and Research Foundation patient support group for Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. The interview was recorded at Rare Disease Week 2020 in February.
July 17, 2020
Ilana and Sunni are joined by Annie Kennedy and Lindsey Cundiff from the EveryLife Foundation for Rare Diseases. EveryLife is a nonprofit dedicated to advancing treatment and diagnostic opportunities for rare disease patients through science-driven public policy. In this episode, they discuss the steep road to diagnosis that many rare disease patients face, ways to improve access to treatment and also the economic and social burden of living with a rare disease. Learn more about their mission at EveryLifeFoundation.org.
July 7, 2020
In this interview from Rare Disease Day at the NIH, Ilana talks to Harsha Rajasimha, the CEO and founder of Jeeva Informatic Systems about how clinical trials can change to better meet rare patient needs-- in the US, India, and across the world. Learn more at www.jeevatrials.com and https://biobuzz.io/this-startup-is-on-a-mission-to-decentralize-cell-and-gene-therapy-trials/.