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How I Created a Place to Feel Safe When I’m Sick

My favorite room in our home is the three-seasons front porch. It overlooks the west side of our house, where, this summer, we planted a pollinator garden. Nine months out of the year, this is where you’ll find me writing, meditating, or reading. Lenny will perch on the…

The Good Days Between the Hard Ones With Acute Porphyria

I’ve heard people describe living with a chronic illness like acute hepatic porphyria (AHP) as a full-time job. But it requires much more than 40 hours a week, Monday through Friday. Between medication schedules, doctor appointments, insurance issues, advocacy work, and the healthy behaviors to prevent flare-ups or…

How to Attend College With Porphyria on the Personal Syllabus

We recently returned from a college visit for my youngest son, Brady, who lives with erythropoietic protoporphyria (EPP), an ultrarare disease characterized by extremely painful phototoxic reactions to sun exposure. I can’t believe we’re already looking at college! Wasn’t I just prepping his kindergarten teacher to help manage…