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a resource for people with ia and other mast cell disorders

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At the current time, the staff of this Web site consists of one person, me. Who am I, and what are my qualifications for doing this? Well, let me start by being upfront about what I am not. I am not — in any way, shape or form — a licensed health care provider. I am neither a doctor nor a nurse.

What I am is a medical writer, educator and patient advocate. I try to help people who have mast cell-related disorders better understand their complex and often poorly documented diseases.

However, it is important that you understand, right up front, that nothing that I say or write is other than my own personal interpretation of medical journal articles, textbooks, seminars, presentations, or other materials. Nothing that I say here should carry more weight than the informed and considered opinions of your own highly trained and qualified medical caregivers. I am not a doctor, and I have absolutely no authority to prescribe or diagnose.

I would like to acknowledge the support, encouragement and assistance I have received from the wonderful people I have met through the IA Support Group and other groups and e-mail lists dedicated to people with mast cell-related diseases. IA Support Group members, in particular, have donated photographs, experiences, questions, and medical journal articles — all of which have helped to enrich the information this site can provide.

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Page last updated: August 30, 2015

 
All information contained in this site is one layperson's interpretation of medical journal articles, textbooks, seminars, presentations, and other materials. Nothing that is stated here should carry more weight than the informed and considered opinions of your own highly trained and qualified medical caregivers. The author of this site is not a doctor and has absolutely no authority to prescribe or diagnose.

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