I’ve been rare for about 14 months now, enough time to start noticing things within the space that aren’t so fabulous. I’m pretty disgusted by the actions of a few people and organizations that are treating rare disease advocacy as some sort of popularity contest.
News flash: If you’re popular with fellow rare disease advocates, you’re doing it wrong!
When I was diagnosed last May with ITP, I had no idea I was about to be tossed out of my job by my employer. When I was hospitalized, I wrongly assumed that the company I worked so hard for would back me up. So when I was laid off, I felt like my world was crumbling around me. How would I pay my bills? What about my health insurance? Could I qualify for disability? There were few real answers for me. Continue reading