Mary Chapman, features writer —

Mary graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in journalism. She began her career at United Press International, then spent a decade reporting for the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (now Bloomberg Industry Group). Mary has written extensively for The New York Times, and her work has appeared in publications such as Time, Newsweek, Fortune, and the Chicago Tribune. She’s won a Society of Professional Journalists award for outstanding reporting.

Articles by Mary Chapman

Medical Alert Cards for Porphyria Patients

Treating porphyria depends on the severity of symptoms and whether the disease is acute or cutaneous. However, physicians may not be familiar enough with the disorder to respond adequately in a medical emergency. Medical alert cards can be of paramount importance in such instances. What is…

Traveling With Porphyria

Traveling may put you at an increased risk if you have porphyria, depending on the type of disease you have. Here is some information that may help you to have a successful, safe trip. What is porphyria? Porphyria refers to a group of disorders in which…

Making Every Doctor Visit Count When You Have Porphyria

When you have a rare disorder such as porphyria, it can be challenging to effectively communicate your concerns to physicians. Perhaps you feel your symptoms are overwhelming and need more information but aren’t sure how to ask. Here are some ways to make the most of your doctor…

Clinical Trials for Porphyria

There’s currently no cure for porphyria, and only a few therapy options are available to treat the symptoms of this group of rare inherited blood disorders. None of them address the cause of the underlying disease. Participating in clinical trials is a way to help researchers develop…

Treatment Plan for Porphyria

Porphyria is a rare disease that affects fewer than 200,000 people in the U.S. Many physicians are, therefore, unfamiliar with it and its treatment. This could be a major problem, particularly in a medical emergency. If you have the disease, working with your primary doctor to develop and…

Porphyria and Sleep

If you have porphyria, you likely may regularly have trouble getting a good night’s sleep. There are ways to help remedy that. What is porphyria? Porphyria refers to a group of disorders in which affected individuals cannot make hemoglobin, the protein that binds oxygen in…

Acute Porphyria and Diet

If you have acute porphyria, it’s important to know that diet and nutrition may help to ease your symptoms. What is porphyria? Porphyria refers to a group of disorders in which affected individuals cannot make hemoglobin, the protein that binds oxygen in red blood cells. Due to…