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Your Not ALONE!

Have you ever set a goal for yourself, like getting fit, making honor roll, or being picked for a team? Like lots of people, maybe you started out doing great, but then lost some of that drive and had trouble getting motivated again. You're Not Alone!
Everyone struggles with staying motivated and reaching their goals. Just look at how many people go on diets, lose weight, and then gain it back again! The reality is that refocusing, changing, or making a new start on something, no matter how small, is a big deal. But it's not impossible. With the right approach, you can definitely do it.
Getting MotivatedSo how do you stay motivated and on track with your goal? It all comes down to good planning, realistic expectations, and a stick-to-it attitude. Here's what you need to do: First, know your goal.Start by writing down your major goal. Your major goal is the ultimate thing you'd like to see happen. For example, "I want to make honor roll," or "I want to get fit…

Thank You APF!

I wanted to take a moment to Thank everyone for their support to the APF.
What a difference you all make.  We have made some headway with all the types of Porphyria.
With your continued support, fundraising opportunities, support for fellow members we are all playing an important role.  The Doctors are working so hard for us all lets show our appreciation and we cant forget those who work in the office many hours a day.  So please take a moment a just say Thanks to all.
I hope everyone has a fine weekend and takes care of themselves.  If you have not signed up for the blog take a moment to do so today.  If your already on have you donated to we have so many ways to donate Rob is walking 100 miles outside, many are walking, some are setting up a band benefit and the wristbands are still coming in it all goes to the best cause the APF, training new Doctors for the future, and so much more won't you do your part?

Wristbands for Sale

We Have Wristbands for Sale to Support Dr. Continuing Education Program for the American Porphyria Foundation
Your Choice is Light Blue OR Purple and they read: www.Porphyria Please take a moment and ask your friends and family to help donate to this very special cause.  I will be taking orders by Email they will be 2/4.50$ US residents.  They are all 100% Silicone.  I where mine all the time it shows how important the APF is to me, it serves as a reminder to me that I have a rare disease and also helps to show the Medical Staff that I have this disease to. But let’s be supportive together to raise awareness for PORPHYRIA
Please email me @ Please include the following:  Name Full Address City State Zip Phone Quantity of Each of the Blue or Purple.  You can send your deposit directly to and click under American Porphyria Foundation and click under Amy Chapman~Wristbands You will receive a receipt that you have made a donation to the APF

Patient Empowerment

Patient Empowerment:
What does this mean to you?
·Health, as Attitude, can be defined as being successful in coping with pain, sickness, and death as a Normal Vicissitude of Life. And, successful coping requires always being in control of your life.
·Health belongs to the individual. And, the individual has the prime responsibility for their own health.
·The individual's capacity for growth and self-determination is paramount.
·Health care professionals cannot empower people; only people can only empower themselves.
·You Hold the Power, If You But Grasp It!

We Need Your Feedback

We Need Your Feedback....An Important Request for Medicare Beneficiaries Dear Friends,
The APF is working on an effort to ensure access to life-saving porphyria medications and ...........We need your help!
Over the past several months, we have heard that some of our members may have experienced problems obtaining needed medical treatment in the hospital inpatient setting, and we are concerned that this may be limiting patients' access to Panhematin®, a crucial but costly medication that is the only approved drug for the treatment and prevention of acute porphyric attacks.
As a result, the APF has recently appealed to Medicare to change its policy so that hospitals can continue providing porphyria patients with the medications they need most.  However, to support this effort, we are asking APF members to provide their feedback about access problems faced in the hospital inpatient setting.
The APF will share some of your feedback with Medicare but, as always, will preserve the confi…