Article No. 325
29 February 2020
20/20 vision is about clarity of sight. Perfect vision.
It’s a measure and is not about what is being looked at.
Vision ( or sometimes “dream” or “wish” or “prayer” ) is also about what someone sees, or a group of people see, about a future end state.
“Good will come together” was the vision adopted by the alliance affiliates from aHUS patient organisations around the world.
Some of those affiliates were aHUS patients, others could yet be aHUS patients, whilst others were carers for aHUS family members.
No attempt was made to define what that “ good” looked like when it comes about. This vision was more about achieving it “together“.
The visions of organisations tend to be a bit nebulous but at that time five years ago that small group of aHUS people were “finding their way”. The vision was a “working model” to be developed later.
Since agreeing that vision and its related mission the alliance has not returned to it. For some even working on it together was not what they wished to do.
Last year the alliance featured a number of articles about the need for change in aHUS patient organisation advocacy.
For the aHUS Alliance Global Action it was evident that advocacy was changing and adapting to a new aHUS global environment.
Even though aHUS people were aHUS people and were the constant factor in what alliance Global Action did, there was increasing uncertainty about to what end it was working.
The Rare Disease Day video collaboration for 2020 can itself influence a vision for aHUS which we all could share. ( viewable on youtube click HERE)
Although the RDD video is primarily intended to be another aHUS awareness activity, what participants have said would make anyone think about what would been seen as a “good day” one day for those in the aHUS world.
The video participants experience is varied in terms of where they are from, their health state and current treatment and what their aspirations in life are , such is the diverse nature of the global aHUS community. Some have end stage kidney failure and wanting a transplant but needing eculizumab which may or not be accessible. Others have eculizumab but wish for ravulizumab. Some want to be, or are, in remission not needing treatment. Some seek a cure.
But there is much which makes us all the the same too.The featured image is a word cloud of key words derived from each of the participants individual visions. Word clouds give emphasis to the words which are more commonly used by making them relatively larger in the cloud.
Although all the words are important and shed light against a dark background, in the collective vision of aHUS patients the words that stand out are “EVERYONE WORLD TREATMENT NEED RIGHT” and, although lesser so, but quite close to them are “enough, awareness, normal, cure, access, affordable”.
So as a result of the 2020 vision video do we get a vision from aHUS patients around the world that is something that can give specific meaning to the ” Good” in “Good will come”?
When enough aHUS/cTMA awareness helps everyone in the world get affordable access to the right treatment they need to be cured and be normal, it will be a good day.
Well that is something to think about. Awareness helps us shine.
In the meantime a thank you to Wim, Beren, Chen, Debbie, Carly, Anne-Sophie, Dorota, Samuel, Natalia, Sara, Araz, Mani, Aliradin, Mani, Isabelle, Sepeh, Rylee, Olivia, Kylie, Israel, Michael, Merche, Michael, Margriet, Christina, Anna, Carley, Caroline, Nazar, Skyler, Amir, Donna, Emma, Darcey, Andi, Vea, Dima, Ayush, Kamal, Ashley, Maren, Rihanna, Limari, Sheila, Kyler, Danielle, Laurie, Bryson, Diane, Phoenixx, Khloe, Sarah, Viktoria, Bekah, Lucia, Shaun, Ava, Duke , Raven , Valencia and Jeff for helping to bring about a first collective “Global aHUS Patient Vision”.
Now all we need to do is make it happen?!?!?!
Most likely though when it does happen, it will not be called aHUS anymore, more likley it will be called Complement mediated Thrombotic Microangiopathy or cTMA.
Enough global medical awareness of TMAs and Complement will be the key to a breakthrough for all aHUS patients. The rest is economics and technology.
But on Rare Disease Day 2020 another aHUS global community milestone has been reached with a common vision of what good might come of that.