The Atypical HUS Foundation

Heather Still
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  • Madison, NY
  • United States
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Latest Activity

Heather Still replied to sandra richard's discussion Hus or aHus?
"Ryan had his first bout of HUS when he was 10 months old. He tested positive for e?Coli and was treated as such. Granted, this was 14 years ago so even treatment for e.Coli HUS has changed significantly. He was only in the hospital 7 days with one…"
Jul 9, 2014
Heather Still commented on Dustin G. Wiggins's blog post Low Hemoglobin
"Hi Dustin.  My son, Ryan, has been struggling with aHUS for 10 years now.  He still maintains partial kidney function and is now on a regular schedule of Soliris every two weeks.  He has been on oral iron and folic…"
Jan 23, 2013
Heather Still posted a status
"Wow, hard to believe it has been a year since I've updated a status. Things are well and I do peak on the site, just haven't been active :)"
Jan 8, 2013
Heather Still posted a status
"Haven't posted any labs since starting Soliris - Ryan was pretty stable when we started and nothing much has changed, all is going well :)"
Dec 6, 2011
Heather Still posted a status
"Finally started Soliris last Friday. All went well. Will post some labs after this Friday if I think of it :)"
Nov 8, 2011
Heather Still posted a status
"Ryan's doctor called today.....he starts Soliris on Friday :)"
Oct 11, 2011
Heather Still and Crystal Ferreira are now friends
Oct 11, 2011
Heather Still commented on Bill Biermann's blog post FDA Approval for Soliris (Eculizumab) REJOICE !
"Thanks to everyone, including all of our aHUS community, that worked so hard to get us here.  I can remember my first phone call to Bill Biermann when Ryan got diagnosed 9 years ago, at that time their family was the only contact I could…"
Sep 23, 2011
Heather Still commented on Cheryl Biermann's blog post cahterization leads to better numbers
"So happy to hear the great report.  He's a trooper so I'm sure he'll get through the bladder stretching like a pro.  Thinking of you all often.  Take care!!!"
Sep 9, 2011
Heather Still commented on Cheryl Biermann's blog post Nathan's update
"Thinking of you guys today! "
Aug 31, 2011
Melissa Hearn commented on Heather Still's blog post Ryan's Hope 2011 cancelled
"Good luck with the Nursing Program Heather!  I'm sure you'll do GREAT! "
Aug 13, 2011
Janet Punty and Heather Still are now friends
Aug 12, 2011
Heather Still commented on Phyllis Ann Talbot's blog post The good, the bad, and the ugly
"Praying for all good things for you guys......I would love to meet Hyde someday - he sounds like quite the little character.  LOL"
Aug 11, 2011
Heather Still and Nicolas are now friends
Aug 9, 2011
Linda Burke commented on Heather Still's blog post Ryan's Hope 2011 cancelled
"Wishing you the best in your many upcoming endeavors....please thank your friends and family for their many past golf tourneys to benefit aHUS!"
Aug 8, 2011
Cheryl Biermann commented on Heather Still's blog post Ryan's Hope 2011 cancelled
"Thank you for all the years of financial help, and please enjoy a well deserved break.  We'll hold you to your prediction, however! "
Aug 8, 2011

Profile Information

Birthday
November 10
Do you have a friend or family member diagnosed with aHUS?
Yes
Are you medical personnel or an aHUS researcher with an interest in aHUS issues?
No
My child ( or myself as a patient) is best described as:
Factor H (CFH) Protein(Gene), Factor I (CFI), MCP (MCP)

My name is Heather Still. I have been married to my loving husband, Jim since 1998. We have two children, Ryan and Kayla. Our son, Ryan, has battled Atypical HUS since 2002. He is a very rare case having mutations in MCP, Factor H, and Factor I. Ryan is now 12 years old and still maintains about 50% kidney function. When first diagnosed he needed frequent plasmapheresis in order to slow the attack. After several weeks of daily exchanges we slowly weaned him day by day to biweekly after a couple years. Once his labs remained stable we began plasma infusions. First a few times a week and slowly weaned him to biweekly infusions. We tried to decrease that frequency a couple of times and ended up with strong aHUS activity again. So he has needed biweekly infusions and has remained fairly stable with them for a few years now. He is on 5 blood pressure meds, iron, folic acid, and gets a monthly dose of Aranesp to help him produce RBC's.
I am very excited about this website and look forward to meeting new families and helping each other through our daily struggles. I have been an active member of the Foundation for Children with Atypical HUS since Ryan's diagnosis. My family does an annual fundraiser earning $10K-$13K each year. For the last 6 years it has been a golf tournament. The money we earn is just a small piece of the foundation which funds genetic testing and research.
I am always readily available to answer questions, share information, and just listen if anyone needs help fighting this battle. It's never been easy, but as a mom I do what I have to in order to help Ryan win his battle.

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Ryan's Hope 2011 cancelled

After careful consideration our family has decided that we won't be able to host our annual fundraiser this year.  I am entering the Nursing Program full time at a local college and my mother in law's plant that she works at is closing down right at golf tourney time so her time will be restricted also.  We decided that we would rather cancel the tournament than to put on a ho-hum event that will disappoint our faithful supporters.  I hope this doesn't impact the foundation financially and…

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Posted on August 8, 2011 at 11:03am — 3 Comments

So sorry for my absence

Sorry, it's been a while since I've been on the site - people must think I've fallen off the face of the earth.

I posted pics for our golf tourney that we held late September. We raised $9000+ again this year for the foundation.

We've been toying with Ryan's infusions and tried spreading them out 4 weeks, but his lab results showed that was too long so we are going back to three weeks again. Hopefully that will keep things stable. Ryan started 6th grade this fall and it is a…

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Posted on October 19, 2010 at 4:52pm — 8 Comments

A child's perspective

Tonight is the eve of Ryan's 11th birthday. I go in his room as I do every night to tuck him in and I say "You know, it was about this time of night that you told me you were ready to come out of my belly and into the world." He hides his head and says "Yeah, that was before all of this." I asked him what he meant. He said "Before all of this." and pointed to all the scars on his chest and belly from catheters and g-tubes. Of course the tears were welling in my eyes already. So I explained…

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Posted on April 21, 2010 at 10:30pm — 5 Comments

BP been trending upward

Well, hopefully no big deal, but the past week or so Ryan's bp has been slowly trending upward. He usually runs 110/70 ish. Been running 120/80's and a few times including tonight he's 130/90. Doctor seems to be thinking that it may be part of a growth spurt and increase in appetite. God knows he's 10 and doesn't ever want any food that's actually good for him, the saltier the food, the happier he is. Guess I gotta start buckling down more on that. So, we're increasing a bp med and going to do… Continue

Posted on March 23, 2010 at 10:04pm — 11 Comments

Creating a better hospital experience

It's been a year now since we've had a inpatient stay with Ryan. I try not to say that out loud because I think it's bad luck, but I guess typing is really not out loud. For the past few weeks I have been following what I believe is the first patient since Ryan at our Children's Hospital with an Atypical HUS diagnosis. While reading updates on this little beauty's status I am quickly reminded of all the horrors that accompany the initial diagnosis. Not only the questions about the illness,…

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Posted on February 18, 2010 at 9:17am — 5 Comments

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At 11:06pm on July 20, 2011, Ryan Still said…
hey mom thank you for letting me have a page on the site and I love you so I will see you tomorrow if you are on
At 10:27am on November 11, 2010, Cheryl Biermann said…
That's great! Maybe it'll catch on in your area? It is so huge here, we're thinking of trying something different, but then again there are lots of golf tournaments too & no one attends dances anymore, I'm drawing a blank! Maybe if we held some kind of internet game competition?!
At 8:44am on November 11, 2010, Cheryl Biermann said…
Happy Birthday, Heather!
At 12:00am on November 11, 2010, Linda Burke said…
Happy Birthday, Heather! Wishing you a joyful year of relaxing time with family and friends, a year without major health worries, and a return of all the care/support/concern that you so generously pour from your kind heart!
At 10:30pm on October 4, 2010, Linda Burke said…
Hi Heather,
How's school going for all of you? Hope you have time to post a couple of photos from Ryan's Hope 2010 golf tourney soon, once you have a chance to catch your breath! ;-D
At 12:10am on September 24, 2010, Linda Burke said…
Thinking of you as you're putting the final push on for Ryan's Hope this weekend - you and your family/friends have done an amazing job putting this together each year. It's a major fundraiser for aHUS research dollars for The Foundation for Children with Atypical HUS......we are all so grateful for your hard work!
At 8:20pm on July 20, 2010, Grace said…
Hooray for 3.5 weeks and almost four! Wishing Ryan a healthy, happy summer and beyond! (You, too!)
At 7:47pm on April 26, 2010, Linda Burke said…
Wow....great news! Do your docs run a c5 complement level or functional assays (or another test) of any sort to help determine how/when to space out Ryan's infusions? How'd the big family dinner go for the Birthday Boy? Hope Ryan was pleased....many happy returns for the R-man!
At 4:24pm on April 22, 2010, Joey Krug said…
He is 10 yrs. Old.
At 11:07pm on April 19, 2010, Linda Burke said…
Hoping that things will quiet down soon for y'all - it's been a bumpy past few weeks for Ryan. Sending a hug, Linda
 
 
 

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Did you know...

CFH (Serum Complement Factor H) is a regulatory protein. The secreted protein product of CFH consists of 20 repetitive units named "short consensus repeats" or SCRs (each approximately 60 amino acids). In patients with aHUS the last 5 "pearls" in the twenty pearl strand protein, SCR16 - SCR20, should bind to protect cells but do not- they are defective in one or more of the last 5 SCR locations. If they cannot bind or stick to the kidney to protect that tissue, the platelets clump into clots that affect the glomeruli of the kidney -potentially causing acute renal failure.
  
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It is estimated that there are about 2 cases of aHUS in the U.S. per 1,000,000 of population, and about 60% of aHUS patients are diagnosed as children. The condition is potentially life threatening, and either can be chronic or can recur at intervals.
  
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