Judi to hold dis­or­der info ses­sion

Benalla Ensign - - News -

Af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with Hae­mochro­mato­sis, Be­nalla res­i­dent Judi McDon­ald de­cided to do all she could to help oth­ers liv­ing with the con­di­tion.

Hae­mochro­mato­sis is the most com­mon ge­netic dis­or­der in Australia af­fect­ing about one in 200 peo­ple of North­ern Euro­pean des­cent.

Peo­ple liv­ing with this in­her­ited con­di­tion ab­sorb too much iron from their diet, which over time can lead to an iron-over­load, which can cause dam­age to the liver, heart and pan­creas.

The con­di­tion can leave peo­ple feel­ing tired, cause joint and ab­dom­i­nal pain and can also cause arthri­tis.

Once di­ag­nosed, Judi joined Hae­mochro­mato­sis Australia and now ac­tively pro­motes their vi­sion, giv­ing up her time to raise funds and aware­ness.

Part of that was to ap­proach cham­pion V8 driver Steve Mur­ray who was happy to pro­mote Hae­mochro­mato­sis on his VN Holden Com­modore.

Judi will be hold­ing an in­for­ma­tion day at Bun­nings, Yar­ra­wonga, as part of Hae­mochro­mato­sis Aware­ness week (Au­gust 7 to 13) on Sun­day, Au­gust 12.

For more in­for­ma­tion, phone Hae­mochro­mato­sis Australia on 1300 019 028 or visit www.ha.org.au

Rais­ing Hae­mochro­mato­sis aware­ness: Steve Mur­ray be­hind the wheel of his VN Com­modore.

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