Mary Chapman, features writer —

Mary graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in journalism. She began her career at United Press International, then spent a decade reporting for the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (now Bloomberg Industry Group). Mary has written extensively for The New York Times, and her work has appeared in publications such as Time, Newsweek, Fortune, and the Chicago Tribune. She’s won a Society of Professional Journalists award for outstanding reporting.

Articles by Mary Chapman

I’ve Been Diagnosed with FAP. Now What?

You have learned that you have familial amyloid polyneuropathy (FAP), a rare, inherited, progressive disorder caused by abnormal deposits of proteins around peripheral nerves and other tissues. Such news can be difficult to comprehend, but here are some suggestions for you to think about following a new diagnosis.

How to Stay Motivated with a Chronic Disease like FAP

Because the first symptoms of familial amyloid polyneuropathy (FAP) usually appear after a person is well into adulthood, its diagnosis can be quite a shock. Then, there’s the progressive nature of this disorder and its physical toll, including cardiac complications, numbness, and postural hypotension. It can…

Patients, Supporters Worldwide Recognizing Rare Disease Day 2020

An abundance of events are afoot around the world to mark Rare Disease Day 2020 on Feb. 29. The activities are focused on heightening awareness about rare diseases and the hundreds of millions of individuals they are thought to affect. Patients, caregivers, and advocates worldwide will sport denim ribbons…