October 3, 2005
firstname.lastname@example.org Martha Wiles' liver is totally normal except for one, critical, genetic mutation. Her liver produces a mutant form of the protein transthyretin, or TTR. As this abnormal protein travels throughout her body, it is deposited along her nervous system, creating a thin film that shuts off nerve function. Wiles, of Boonsboro, has a condition called amyloidosis, a disorder affecting thousands of Americans. But she is one of the lucky ones. In 2002, she received a liver transplant that effectively stopped the continued buildup of abnormal proteins.
February 13, 2006
Al-Anon/Alateen family groups Hagerstown and Frederick, Md. area. This is an anonymous, confidential support group for anyone affected by a family member's or friend's drinking. There are no fees. Call 1-301-663-6626 for a listing of meetings in the area. Bereavement support after the loss of a spouse A new support group for those who have lost a spouse will be forming soon at Rest Haven Funeral Home. It will be led by Mary Hedges, clinical social worker.
March 16, 2006
Amyloidosis support offered The amyloidosis support group will meet at noon today at Richardson's Restaurant, 710 Dual Highway, U.S. 40, Hagerstown. The group meets for lunch to offer empathy, support and fellowship for people dealing with amyloidosis. For information, call Elinor at 301-797-7415. Spaghetti supper CLEAR SPRING - Clear Spring High School Band Boosters will hold a spaghetti supper from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 17, at the commons area of Clear Spring High School.
January 13, 2003
Increase awareness of amyloidosis To the editor: I would like to see an interview done on "amyloidosis. " I realize this disease is hard for doctors to recognize but there are those who have treated amyloidosis in this area. This is a disease in which a protein forms insoluble fibril deposits, causing organ dysfunctions. Twenty different fibril proteins have been described in human amyloidosis. There are several types of "Amy," but the one that is prevalent in this area is "familial.