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Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 04:00 AM PST

Happy Rare Disease Day!

by lavaleslie

Until a few weeks ago I had never even heard of Rare Disease Day, but something caught my eye on the internet and a series of clicks later I confirmed that yes, what I suffer from is one of those approximately 6,000 rare diseases. In the U.S. a disease or disorder is defined as “rare” if it affects fewer than 200,000 people at any given time.

The main objective of Rare Disease Day is to raise awareness amongst the general public and decision-makers about rare diseases and their impact on patients’ lives.
Please join me as I do my part.
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Sat Aug 17, 2013 at 11:10 AM PDT

The Fruitvale Station Is My Station

by lavaleslie

I Live Near the Fruitvale Station.

Google Maps says it’s 1.9 miles from my house to the Fruitvale Station. Those nearly two miles take you through an interesting cross section of urban life: Along a tidy neighborhood, over a drawbridge, through an industrial park, under the freeway and into a delightfully colorful neighborhood: The Fruitvale District. In the center of this neighborhood is the Fruitvale Station.

To me the Fruitvale Station is my gateway to San Francisco.

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