What is FD?
FD is an abbreviation for Familial Dysautonomia, a rare, life-threatening, genetic, neurologic, disease present at birth.
What is it like to have FD?
Those with FD live in very unstable bodies. All their internal functions are unpredictable. They are prone to wide swings in blood pressure and heart rate, rapid decline of oxygenation and life-threatening autonomic crisis.
Who treats FD?
Those with FD are cared for by a cadre of health care specialists including speech, occupational, physical and respiratory therapists, internists, pulmonologists, cardiologists, gastroenterologists, urologists, orthopedic surgeons, ophthalmologists, and psychologists.
What is an “autonomic crisis?”
When the autonomic nervous system of someone with FD becomes overwhelmed due to infection, fever, even eating the wrong foods, they rapidly deteriorate into an “autonomic storm” of uncontrollable retching, life threatening high blood pressure and elevated heart rates. These crises can last for hours, days, weeks or even months and often requires intensive care hospitalization.
What is FD NOW?
FD NOW is a 501c3 tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization, dedicated to raising funds to support research that will drive better treatments and cures for patients with FD.
Has there been any progress to help those with FD?
Yes. Progress has already been made in the Laboratory for Familial Dysautonomia Research at Fordham University by Drs. Berish Rubin and Sylvia Anderson, who discovered several natural compounds that help stabilize the nervous system. They have also created a nutritional regimen that eliminates foods that trigger crisis. With additional funds, these researchers are positioned to accelerate the next breakthrough! Click here to learn more.
Is FD preventable?
Yes! Today, there is genetic testing to determine if you are a carrier. Click here to learn more.
What keeps us energized?
Celebrating the unwavering spirit of those dealing with FD and remembering the lives lost to this devastating disease.