Rare Disease Day, 2016!


There are events all over the world today.  What are *You* doing to raise awareness for Cushing’s, Addison’s or other rare disease you have?

Many thanks to Robin for the great graphic!


The USA joined Rare Disease Day in 2009, making the campaign a truly international affair. Diverse events and campaigns have been organised since then, including educational programmes in schools and a collection of photographs entitled “Handprints across America” with the Rare Disease logo across the USA. In 2013 President Barack Obama sent a letter proclaiming his support of the day. In 2015, the day was a nation-wide affair, with events everywhere from California to New York to Texas. More than 35 states participated, holding conferences, artistic events, fundraising walks, and benefit dinners. In Chicago, a “Rock Rare Diseases” event created a playlist that was featured at many hospitals on the special day.

NORD, the National Organization for Rare Disorders, is committed to the identification, treatment, and cure of rare diseases through programmes of education, advocacy, research and patient services. They can be contacted directly to help you find a patient organisation locally which may have more information about a specific rare disease or disorder. Find their contact information on the bottom of this page.

You can also get involved! Do you know of any events not listed here? Email us at rarediseaseday@eurordis.org.

On Monday, February 29th, Rare Disease Week on Capitol Hill kicks off! Hundreds of advocates from around the country will be in Washington, D.C. for a full week of events. Space remains for the Caucus Briefing on Thursday March 3rd and the Rare Artist Reception. Can’t make it to Washington D.C.? NORD is helping coordinate State House Events across the U.S.

On Wednesday, March 2nd, the EveryLife Foundation for Rare Diseases is holding a Virtual Lobby Day for advocates who cannot attend the events in D.C. The event will ask advocates to contact Congress and ask that they co-sponsor the OPEN ACT, legislation to double the number of rare disease treatments. Please share widely on social media.

On Thursday, March 3rd, the first bicameral Congressional Rare Disease Caucus briefing will be held in the Auditorium of the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center at noon. Attendees will hear from the co-chairs of the Caucus and a panel discussion featuring key thought-leaders from the patient, regulatory, and industry communities who will discuss the Rare Disease Ecosystem.

On Wednesday, March 9th, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee (HELP) will hold its second hearing as part of its biomedical innovation initiative. To date, the Advancing Hope Act (Priority Review Voucher program at FDA) is scheduled for consideration. The final hearing is slated for April 6th, although no bills have been announced for consideration.

On Wednesday, March 16th, the EveryLife Foundation for Rare Diseases will hold a public webinar on newborn screening. The Foundation has just launched newborn screening legislation in California to expand and streamline screening for rare diseases.

On Wednesday, March 23rd, RDLA will hold its next monthly webinar. The agenda is OPEN! Please send suggestions for action items or policy issues to Vignesh Ganapathy at vganapathy@everylifefoundation.org.

RARE Patient Advocacy Summit


I’m on my way to California today.  I was nominated for an award in the 2015 Tribute to Champions of Hope so I’ll be flying to Huntington Beach  for the 2-day  Fourth Annual RARE Patient Advocacy Summit. Follow along with LiveStream.

Saturday night will be the Gala.

Find my name on the list of nominees here: https://globalgenes.org/championsofhope/

One of the very best parts of this trip, though, is that I’m staying with a good friend from the Cushing’s Community.



Past Cushing’s Awareness Challenge Bloggers

The page over at http://cushie-blogger.blogspot.com/ is starting to load pretty slowly and I’m guessing that it’s maybe because of all the blog posts it has to load.  So, I’m going to take all the Cushing’s Awareness Challenge Bloggers from 2012-2014 and post them here so I can delete the blog rolls that they’re in now.

Eventually, when I have time, I’ll add the blogs to the general “All Cushie Blogs” list.  Hopefully, that will speed the page up!  I don’t know if there was a problem last year because I’m sure we had more than 2 of us participating!



Cushing’s Awareness Challenge 2013

Cushing’s Awareness Challenge 2012

Day Thirty, Cushing’s Awareness Challenge

Today is the final day of the Cushing’s Awareness Challenge and I wanted to leave you with this word of advice…


To that end, I’m saving some of what I know for future blog posts, maybe even another Cushing’s Awareness Challenge next year.  Possibly this will become a tradition.

I am amazed at how well this Challenge went this year, giving that we’re all Cushies who are dealing with so much.  In the end, there were 23 of us posting daily.  I hope that some folks outside the Cushing’s community read these posts and learned a little more about us and what we go through.

So, tomorrow, I’ll probably go back to posting the regular Cushing’s stuff on this blog – after all, it does have Cushing’s in its name!

I am trying to get away from always reading, writing, breathing Cushing’s and trying to celebrate the good things in my life, not just the testing, the surgery, the endless doctors.  If you’re interested, I have other blogs about traveling, friends, fun stuff and trying to live a good life, finally.  Those are listed in the sidebar under “My Other Sites” (DUH!)



Choose wisely…

Day Twenty-nine, Cushing’s Awareness Challenge

I carry a print out of this everywhere I go because I find it very soothing.  This print out is in a plastic page saver. On the other side there is a Psalm 116, part of the post from Day Fifteen.

I first read this in Chicken Soup for the Surviving Soul and is posted several places online.

The Best Day Of My Life
by Gregory M Lousignont

Today, when I awoke, I suddenly realized that this is the best day of my life, ever! There were times when I wondered if I would make it to today; but I did! And because I did I’m going to celebrate!

Today, I’m going to celebrate what an unbelievable life I have had so far: the accomplishments, the many blessings, and, yes, even the hardships because they have served to make me stronger.

I will go through this day with my head held high, and a happy heart. I will marvel at God’s seemingly simple gifts: the morning dew, the sun, the clouds, the trees, the flowers, the birds. Today, none of these miraculous creations will escape my notice.

Today, I will share my excitement for life with other people. I’ll make someone smile. I’ll go out of my way to perform an unexpected act of kindness for someone I don’t even know.

Today, I’ll give a sincere compliment to someone who seems down. I’ll tell a child how special he is, and I’ll tell someone I love just how deeply I care for her and how much she means to me.

Today is the day I quit worrying about what I don’t have and start being grateful for all the wonderful things God has already given me.

I’ll remember that to worry is just a waste of time because my faith in God and his Divine Plan ensures everything will be just fine.

And tonight, before I go to bed, I’ll go outside and raise my eyes to the heavens. I will stand in awe at the beauty of the stars and the moon, and I will praise God for these magnificent treasures.

As the day ends and I lay my head down on my pillow, I will thank the Almighty for the best day of my life. And I will sleep the sleep of a contented child, excited with expectation because know tomorrow is going to be the best day of my life, ever!


When I’m feeling down, depressed or low, reading my 2 special pages can help me more than anything else.

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