Focus on Variegate Porphyria (VP) +
It's Wear Purple Day!
Spotlight on VP Member Arielle Dimino
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Spotlight on VP Member Robert Dawson
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Variegate Porphyria (VP)
Variegate Porphyria is a rare genetic metabolic disorder characterized by deficient function of the enzyme protoporphyrinogen oxidase (PPO or PPOX). Some affected individuals present with skin symptoms, some with neurological symptoms and some with both. Blistering and fragility of sun-exposed skin are the most common skin (cutaneous) symptoms.
It's Wear Purple Day
We hope you all are showing support and raising awareness efforts by wearing purple today
SEND US YOUR PHOTOS AND STORIES FOR A
SATURDAY #PorphyriaAwarenessWeek ROUND-UP
Purple shirt? Purple Hair? Purple Nails? Furry friends?
An interesting conversation?
Send your pictures and/or stories to email@example.com
There's still time to get your porphyria gear to spread awareness all through the year! With different apparel options, umbrellas, pens, jewelry and more, you can look sharp while raising awareness.
The APF online store is a great resource for educational materials as well - check it out!
Wear Purple Day!
Show your support and awareness efforts by wearing purple in honor of Porphyria Awareness Week.
The terms porphyrin and porphyria are derived from the Greek word porphyrus, meaning purple. Urine from some Porphyria patients may be reddish-purple in color due to the presence of excess porphyrins and related substances in the urine, and the urine may darken after exposure to light.
#AskMeAboutPorphyria encourages you to educate your local community and healthcare professionals through encouraging a conversation about Porphyria and the impact it has on you. One conversation can make a difference.
Have you had a good conversation about Porphyria? Share with us firstname.lastname@example.org