• By Giana Stanigar
  • Posted May 26, 2017

Why 37 is Just a Number: Thriving with Cystic Fibrosis

Editor’s Note: We continue our recognition of Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month by connecting two people with cystic fibrosis – one who is under the usual life expectancy age and another who has surpassed it by 25 years – to provide a reflection into their pasts and a look into their futures. On May 10th, 2017, Caleb Remington, a …


  • By Giana Stanigar
  • Posted May 24, 2017

Beating the Odds Together, For Life

Editor’s Note: To support Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month, we are sharing the inspiring story of Zack and Farrel DeBaltzo, two individuals living with CF that chose to defy convention and pursue a romantic relationship, eventually getting married. Zack and Farrel are the founders of Team Debo, a social media project centered on their passion …


  • By Jonathan Rodis, MBA
  • Posted May 11, 2017

Living with Marfan Syndrome: Part 2 of 2

It’s now 1990, and I’ve now had my life-saving heart surgery. After spending nearly a month in the hospital with health complications, I was finally able to go home. After another month at home trying to recover, I decided to head back to work to continue the job and career that I worked long and hard to achieve in executive management and …


  • By Jacqueline Washle
  • Posted May 4, 2017

Surfing with a Purpose: How the Mauli Ola Foundation Helps People with Cystic Fibrosis

Editor’s Note: In honor of Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month, we asked Jacqueline Washle, Ambry’s Community Outreach Manager, to tell us about the Mauli Ola Foundation, which supports people with cystic fibrosis and other inherited conditions as part of its mission. Did you know that going to the beach is not only a fun pastime for …


  • By Brittney Murray, MS, CGC
  • Posted April 27, 2017

Using Technology to Help with your Genetic Heart Disease Risk

Technology is everywhere.  It has become pervasive in our lives.  Phones and computers became smaller, smaller, and then somehow bigger and bigger again as our phones become our new computers. Increasing technological advances are also propelling healthcare: newer techniques, smarter robotics, and new drugs.  Within genetics, testing techniques …


  • By Tiffany Au
  • Posted April 20, 2017

What is it Like to Have a Son with Autism?

Editor’s Note: As National Autism Awareness Month continues, we conclude our 2-part interview we began with Kieran Best, a young man with an autism spectrum disorder. His mother, Christina DeRochemont, shares candidly about what life was like early on with Kieran, how they received his diagnosis, and offers tips for other parents in a similar …


  • By Jonathan Rodis, MBA
  • Posted April 13, 2017

Living With Marfan Syndrome- Part 1 of 2

Editor’s Note: We are so pleased to continue introducing new voices into the Ambry patient blog. This week we are honored to have Jon Rodis, patient advocate, tell us what it was like to be diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, an inherited condition that can cause heart problems, many years ago – well before genetic testing became available …


  • By Tiffany Au
  • Posted April 6, 2017

What is Life Like for Someone with Autism? (Part 1 of 2)

Editor’s Note: To help support National Autism Awareness Month, we are sharing our interview with Kieran Best, a 14-year-old young man with an autism spectrum disorder.  Kieran graciously shared insights into what his day-to-day life is like and offered words of wisdom to others who may be in his situation. Check back in two weeks to read our …


  • By David Dubin
  • Posted March 30, 2017

Since You Asked, Here's My Advice to Cancer Patients

In my role as co-founder of AliveAndKickn, people ask me for my opinion all the time.  Topics range from how to manage pain, how to navigate post-cancer survivorship, to whether or not the U.S. will ever become a world soccer powerhouse.  (No, I’m not kidding.)  I’m not big on giving advice, but I try to answer as honestly as I can.   First, …


  • By Kory Jasperson, MS,CGC
  • Posted March 23, 2017

How Expert Care Teams Can Help You - Repost

Editor’s Note: In recognition of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, we are re-posting this piece by an Ambry genetic counselor. His many years of clinical experience working with families affected by hereditary colorectal cancer helped him understand the importance of expert care teams, and how they can help you. My name is …