Periorbital purpura may also be referred to as raccoon eyes or panda eyes. The appearance is usually that of quite severe bruising and is very suggestive of a diagnosis of AL amyloidosis.
Welcome to Mackenzie's Mission
Making a difference in the fight against amyloidosis
My Story by Mackenzie Boedicker
My New Life Fighting Amyloidosis
In April of 2017, I was diagnosed with Amyloidosis, a rare and deadly bone marrow disorder that causes a buildup of abnormal protein in vital organs, eventually leading to organ failure. I successfully underwent treatment at the Mayo Clinic, and thanks in large part to my early diagnosis, I achieved complete remission.
A year ago, in December 2018, I moved back to the Washington D.C. area after finishing a nearly two-year term as a research associate at Harvard Medical School. I learned an incredible amount about scientific research, its value, and the translation of the work back into the clinic. While in Northern Virginia, I have applied to medical school for Fall 2020 and am working through the process. I am very invested in Mackenzie’s Mission and our exciting Amyloidosis Speakers Bureau. I have spoken to students at Mayo Clinic, Tufts University, and University of Illinois, Chicago, and found each to be extraordinarily rewarding. I shadow an orthopedic trauma surgeon at Inova Fairfax Hospital, where I’ve been shadowing on and off for over seven years. In my spare time, I continue coaching youth hockey, something I have come to truly love, and volunteer as a head coach for a U19 girls ice hockey travel team. I am on an immunotherapy regimen to keep my disease at bay and continue to feel great.
Importantly, as a result of my experience and my desire to give back, I founded Mackenzie’s Mission to make a difference in the fight against Amyloidosis. I invite you to sign up and follow my journey.
Each year on Rare Disease Day, the last day of February, millions of patients and their families around the world share their stories to promote awareness of the challenges, hopes, and needs of those living with rare diseases. Learn more about what we at Mackenzie’s Mission are doing to make a difference.