“Oh, my goodness, how skinny you are.”
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.
The Marfan Foundation announced that, starting today, it is making a new app available for free to people with Marfan and related disorders – and their families – to securely manage their medical records.
When we wish others a healthy and happy new year, we do not say those words lightly. In many cases, we cherish well-being for ourselves and others because we know what it’s like when we don’t have our good health.