Richard's Tipping Point: Talking to a Doctor
Moderator: Meet Richard, living with hATTR amyloidosis.
Richard: I was an avid cyclist and instructor, then my foot and calf started tingling and burning. I thought it was an old injury, but the pain got worse. It went up my thigh, to my back, and then to my hands. I could barely walk and was in so much pain. And then I noticed I was losing weight. That was my tipping point. I kept seeing different specialists, searching for an answer. I finally found a doctor who suspected hereditary ATTR amyloidosis and tested me for the condition. It’s an inherited, multi-symptom condition that affects people in different ways. No two people experience it in the same way - even members of the same family. I was worried when I tested positive for a gene variant associated with hATTR amyloidosis. But what my doctor said next changed everything: “This is a manageable disease.” And then we put a plan together. It’s important to be proactive and be your own advocate so you can learn as much as you can about this disease. I learned it’s hereditary. Now my son wants to get tested. Talk to your family so they have the information they need to make their own decisions about testing.
Moderator: Learn more about hATTR amyloidosis at hATTRbridge.com.