The broad topics of research, education, and service programs get theheadlines, but a better snapshot of AARDA can be told through those who callon us. Some examples:
- The young woman, recently diagnosed with the autoimmune disease "lupus" who came to us pregnant and despondent. In questioning her, we discovered a history of miscarriages and suggested she be tested for antiphospholipidsyndrome (a little known, but treatable, autoimmune disease that can causefetal loss). It led to her first successful full-term baby.
- The day we intervened for the distraught family of a nine-year-old who wasgoing blind from uveitis (an autoimmune eye disease) by getting him into aresearch program at the National Institutes of Health.
- The 18-year-old girl with acute vasculitis, but without the underlyingdisease diagnosis needed to properly treat it. We uncovered a family historyof "lupus," "CFS," "Graves' disease" and Type I Diabetes, and spotted the necessary puzzle pieces that led to a diagnosis of "Wegener's" disease. She's now getting appropriate treatment and leading a near normal life again.