Whooo has a rare disease?
I do. It’s not really that rare in this country, it’s just that we don’t routinely screen parents prenatally (they didn’t check for it in the two rounds of genetic counseling I went through, having nearly zero family medical history, and hahahahahahhahahah, of course I have mutations from both sides of the gene swamp. The universe is flipping comedian.) and worse, only two states in the US routinely screen newborns. For the love of Pete!
This is wrong wrong wrong wrong wrong.
So, here’s how we can make the medical establishment pay attention (that isn’t as likely to get us hauled in like my previous plan to flash my pale, porcelain white boobies while holding up an anti-legume placard to illustrate that not only darker skinned males, but also pasty females, can have this disorder. Don’t fret, my dears, I’m not flashing anyone (not on purpose, anyway. Sorry about the other day, new neighbors across the way).)
In honor of all of those living with Rare Diseases, please (PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE) consider signing the petition over at G6PDDeficiency.org.
Dale Baker, the force behind the site and a lifesaver, is collecting signatures to present to hospitals and physicians to super-emphasize what all of us know, that routine newborn screening will save lives.
It will take you just a minute, but it can save lives and make all of our communities healthier. After you sign, or even if you don’t sign, please consider tweeting a link to the petition or this blog post. Awareness is powerful. Thank you. Thank you.
You are the best.
G6PD Deficiency Newborn Screening Petition