Hello, my name is Anne Marie Carr, Founder and Executive Director of Hereditary Amyloidosis Canada and I am living with hATTR amyloidosis. I’m 61 years old and I currently live in Ancaster, Ontario with my husband Mervyn. I am a mother of one son and a grandmother to my six year old granddaughter.
Like many of you, I struggled for a diagnosis. Initially my symptoms, such as breathing problems, were considered asthmatic caused by environmental factors. My chronic weight-loss and diarrhea were attributed to viruses which were going around at the time. I remember getting the sensation of pins and needles in my finger tips and I found it difficult to open a bottle of water or do up buttons on clothing. Eventually, I was diagnosed with hATTR amyloidosis in September 2015.
To all of the other hATTR patients are out there, I know there are days when you may feel alone and the symptoms are too much to bear. But you are NOT alone. Watch the video below to learn more about my story.
hATTR amyloidosis is estimated to affect 50,000 people worldwide, with more than 130 different TTR gene mutations identified.
hATTR amyloidosis runs in families – A person only needs to inherit one copy of the affected gene from one parent in order to develop hATTR amyloidosis.
It can often take more than 4 years and visits with 5 or more doctors across different specialties to receive an accurate diagnosis of hATTR amyloidosis.
New therapies that address the underlying cause of hATTR amyloidosis are providing hope for people living with the disease.
On April 16, 2019 the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) releases its final guidance recommending inotersen (Tegsedi) be placed on England’s National Health Service for the treatment of nerve damage from hereditary transthyretin-mediated...read more
L’INESSS in Québec is evaluating inotersen (Tegsedi – Akcea Therapeutics Canada) a treatment for adults with hATTR amyloidosis polyneuropathy. L’INESSS does this evaluation to determine whether to recommend the drug for reimbursement by the Québec government....read more
Alnylam Unveils Resources to ‘Bridge the Gap’ in Knowledge of Hereditary ATTR (hATTR) Amyloidosis Among Families at Risk
Alnylam Unveils Resources to ‘Bridge the Gap’ in Knowledge of Hereditary ATTR (hATTR) Amyloidosis Among Families at Risk. Click here to find out more.read more
If you are a person living with hATTR amyloidosis, or a caregiver for a person living with hATTR amyloidosis, we would greatly appreciate it if you could take 15 minutes to complete a questionnaire regarding Tegsedi, a medication recently approved by Health Canada....read more
Rare Disease Day is held on the last day of February each year to raise awareness for rare diseases and improve access to treatment and medical representation for individuals with rare diseases and their families. To learn more, or to get involved, please visit their...read more
The Amyloidosis Foundation is working to increase awareness of all forms of amyloidosis, declaring March as Amyloidosis Awareness Month. To learn more, or to get involved, please visit the website.read more
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