Clinical research is simply medical research involving people. There are two types, clinical studies (aka observational studies) and clinical trials. In this blog, we explore clinical trials and the basics of what you need to know.
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 am in complete remission.
Today, I am living in Boston, preparing to apply to medical school. I maintain my focus on becoming a doctor. What type of doctor, though, seems to be more fluid given my recent life experience. In addition, I am a research associate at Harvard Medical School in the Brugge Lab investigating breast cancer. In my spare time, I am an assistant coach for the Bantam A ice hockey team at the Cambridge Youth Hockey Club. I feel great, and am thankful for being disease-free.
Importantly, as a result of my experience and the need to give back, I founded Mackenzie’s Mission to make a difference in the fight against Amyloidosis. I invite you to sign up below and follow my journey.
There are times when those afflicted with amyloidosis need assistance — a caregiver. In some instances, such as a stem cell transplant (SCT), the treatment is so extensive that securing a caregiver is required before treatment commences. It is for these more intensive situations that we thought we’d share some thoughts about how to build a caregiver team.