When your child has been diagnosed with a rare disease, the last thing you need is crisis. It’s enough to wake up each day after a night of hardly any sleep wondering and worrying.
Our children are life.
For Shannon, whose son Wallace, had recently been diagnosed with Factor VII Deficiency, waking up, was no different than trying to sleep at night. The nightmares continued.
What Is Factor VII Deficiency?
According to healthline.com, “Factor VII Deficiency is a blood clotting disorder that causes excessive or prolonged bleeding after an injury or surgery. With factor VII deficiency, your body either doesn’t produce enough factor VII, or something is interfering with your factor VII, often another medical condition.
Factor VII is a protein produced in the liver that plays an important role in helping your blood to clot. It’s one of about 20 clotting factors involved in the complex process of blood clotting. To understand factor VII deficiency, it helps to understand the role factor VII plays in normal blood clotting.”
What Are The Symptoms For Factor VII Deficiency?
The symptoms for Factor VII Deficiency, which affects an estimated 1 in 300,000 to 1 in 500,000 people can be:
• Bleeding of the gums
• Nose bleeds
• Easy bruising
• Prolonged or excessive bleeding following surgery or physical injury
What Causes Factor VII Deficiency?
Factor VII Deficiency can either be inherited or non-inherited. Although, the non-inherited form of the disorder is less common.
On the U.S. National Library of Medicine website, they describe an easy to understand description for the cause of inherited Factor VII Deficiency, “The inherited form of factor VII deficiency, known as congenital factor VII deficiency, is caused by mutations in the F7 gene, which provides instructions for making a protein called coagulation factor VII. This protein plays a critical role in the coagulation system, which is a series of chemical reactions that forms blood clots in response to injury. These mutations reduce the amount of coagulation factor VII in the bloodstream. Such a reduction prevents blood from clotting normally, causing episodes of excessive bleeding.”
Can Factor VII Deficiency Be Treated?
Treating Factor VII can vary depending on the severity of the individual’s disease. Long term prognosis for Factor VII Deficiency can very as well based on the effectiveness of treating the underlying causes.
In summary, there are three areas of treatment objectives for doctors who treat patients with Factor VII Deficiency, and they are:
1. Control bleeding
2. Resolve underlying conditions
3. Precautionary treatment prior to any surgery or dental procedures
For Wallace, this was life. For Shannon, she would give anything for it not to be. But, where does one find an advocate or just someone that can come alongside that will go beyond the prescription in a sea of options that seemingly just call numbers? For Shannon, her nightmare had just begun, that is until a chance lunch.
Can Anyone Make This Nightmare Stop?
It was during a chance lunch, that Shannon, currently in the middle of a crisis, was about to see her nightmare come to an end. In her own words, “When I first heard about ASAP pharmacy, I was in the middle of a crisis with our national chain pharmacy. I had taken great care to select a pharmacy I thought could help us in dealing with my son Wallace’s new Factor 7 Deficiency diagnosis, prescriptions, and patient programs.”
Sadly, as Shannon continued, “They didn’t.” But here is where everything began to change.
Shannon tells us what happened next, “I was having lunch with and my friend Jozef and causally talking about the nightmare of losing access to our patient programs due to our national chain. He gave me his card and some paperwork to fill out. That was the day our life changed!”
Where Everybody Knows Your Name
Is there anything more comforting than being amidst a crisis and talking to someone who knows you by name and actually knows who you are?
Shannon continues by sharing with us what happened after that day their lives were changed, “Not only did ASAP pharmacy clear up the patient program issues, they got us reinstated! Our factor was delivered on time and with a little gift for Wallace. That little gift was such a nice personal touch. Wallace felt like he actually mattered and he wasn’t just a number on an order form. ASAP pharmacy is like a fairy god mother who has taken all the stress out of ordering medication, insurance red tape, and the labyrinth of patient programs. It’s been amazing. Most of all I love that when I call with questions, the staff know who we are and treat us with respect and kindness. I am so thankful to have such a great group of people working with us!”
Going Beyond The Prescription
Going beyond the prescription and becoming a trusted part of your health care team is just the beginning. At ASAP, we want to change the way health care works. To learn more about what we do at ASAP pharmacy, click here.