The Marfan Blog

Jim Cavan: The Journey to Backpack Health

Sep 24, 2018 by Jim Cavan

Maggie, with her mom, Jennifer, at the Foundation's Boston Walk for Victory in June.


As anyone with a rare disease will tell you, the health journey is extremely nuanced and complex.  It’s difficult enough having to deal with the symptoms themselves, but managing one’s care makes it that much more challenging.

Topics: Marfan Community, Research, Tips, Healthcare Management, Medical Management

A Make-Over Because of the Marfan Annual Conference

May 26, 2018 by Auburn Ponder Anderson

Ashley Burks was 23 when her life changed. That year, 2005, she excitedly attended the Marfan Foundation’s Annual Conference in St. Louis. Upon arrival she was overwhelmed with emotion—for the first time in her life she saw other women who looked like her! Lean and lanky with long faces like hers, they looked like family. And as she got to know them, she was overjoyed that they had Marfan syndrome like she did, and they understood what she had gone through in her life.

Topics: Marfan Conference, Marfan Community, Living Successfully, Quality of Life

My Marfan Story: Kacey Lamphier

Feb 27, 2018 by Kacey Lamphier

The month of February is extra important to me as it marks the month of the heart. I have been living with Marfan syndrome for 30 years; however, I’ve only been diagnosed for 22 years. I try every day to share my story and knowledge about the condition. The more we speak up, the more people we can be helping. Here is my story.

Topics: Marfan Awareness, Marfan Community, Living Successfully

Marfan Diagnosis: A Game Changer

Feb 20, 2018 by Rita McCrerey

A Marfan or related disorder diagnosis can be elusive for an athlete, particularly an athlete who does not display the typical cluster of characteristics.

Topics: Marfan Awareness, Marfan Community, Physical Activity

My Marfan Story: Home for Christmas

Dec 20, 2017 by Auburn Ponder Anderson

Auburn's late husband, Ted, with their son, Kelly.

Topics: Marfan Community, Diagnosis, Living Successfully, Quality of Life