Our Member Stories
Hope Comes in a Capsule
Heather Kirkwood’s mother always suspected her children had a bleeding disorder. During their childhood Heather and her younger brother were tested four different times for suspected bleeding disorders, but every time the tests came back negative. At 21, after two years of fighting what had been diagnosed as Crohn’s disease, Heather was severely bleeding from her large bowel. Doctors felt an ileostomy was the only solution, but were concerned about the bleeding. It was then that a hematologist suggested she might have Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome.
Two of a Kind
Identical twins Hema and Rama arrived in Phoenix, AZ. August 3rd, 1981 from Hyderabad India. They had just turned a year old August 1st. Hema weighed 12 pounds, Rama 13 pounds, very small for a one year old child.
Meeting the Mother of My Lungs
Nancy Lee has been a board member of the HPS Network for many years. In 2011, she received a lung transplant.