We #MakeHealth Fest
Making Health: 

We All Have 

Hero Stories to Tell
PF Anderson, August 16, 2014
1
What is a “hero story”?
2
But our story
starts here
3
A Motivation (The ordinary world)
❖ Where does it hurt????
4
… a misery
of
symptoms
❖ Cognitive losses!
❖ Fatigue!
❖ Pain !
❖ Hives!
❖ Digestive
5
… a laundry list of diagnoses & hypotheses
❖ acne | allergies | amnesia | atrial fibrillation | bad hips | bad knees
| bala...
… and grocery bags of medicines
7
A Call to adventure
8
An Acceptance
9
A Discovery (or two)
10
The Quest has questions
❖ What in blazes in MTHFR?
11
Questions, part 2
❖ … and what does MTHFR deficiency do?
12
Guides appear
13
The Guides give the hero tools 

needed to complete the journey
14
The Hero finds more tools …
15
… and more …
16
A Transformation
(Crossing the threshold)
17
Then Now
A Choice (The road back)
18
A Mission (Return with the elixir)
19
Contact
❖ PF Anderson !
❖ @pfanderson !
❖ http://pgenpt.wordpress.com/
20
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Presented at the inaugural We Make Health Fest, University of Michigan, August 16, 2014. This is a retelling of the story of the personal genomics study which lead to my diagnosis and resolution of decades long serious health issues.

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Make Health: Personal Genomics Hero Story

  1. 1. We #MakeHealth Fest Making Health: 
 We All Have 
 Hero Stories to Tell PF Anderson, August 16, 2014 1
  2. 2. What is a “hero story”? 2
  3. 3. But our story starts here 3
  4. 4. A Motivation (The ordinary world) ❖ Where does it hurt???? 4
  5. 5. … a misery of symptoms ❖ Cognitive losses! ❖ Fatigue! ❖ Pain ! ❖ Hives! ❖ Digestive 5
  6. 6. … a laundry list of diagnoses & hypotheses ❖ acne | allergies | amnesia | atrial fibrillation | bad hips | bad knees | balance disorder | brain cancer | depression | ear infections | geographic tongue | GERD/acid reflux | hearing loss | heart murmur | hypotension | idiopathic anaphylaxis | longterm carbon monoxide poisoning | meniere's disease | migraines | mild obesity | morton's neuroma | mouth sores | severe osteoporosis | ovarian cancer | pneumonia | prediabetic | rosacea | sciatica | severe chronic idiopathic anemia | sinus infections | skin infections | slow clotting | strep carrier | stress | ventricular tachycardia | vitamin & mineral deficiencies [Ca/D/Fe/Zn/Mg/E] | weight gain | weight loss! ❖ PLUS SURGERIES 6
  7. 7. … and grocery bags of medicines 7
  8. 8. A Call to adventure 8
  9. 9. An Acceptance 9
  10. 10. A Discovery (or two) 10
  11. 11. The Quest has questions ❖ What in blazes in MTHFR? 11
  12. 12. Questions, part 2 ❖ … and what does MTHFR deficiency do? 12
  13. 13. Guides appear 13
  14. 14. The Guides give the hero tools 
 needed to complete the journey 14
  15. 15. The Hero finds more tools … 15
  16. 16. … and more … 16
  17. 17. A Transformation (Crossing the threshold) 17 Then Now
  18. 18. A Choice (The road back) 18
  19. 19. A Mission (Return with the elixir) 19
  20. 20. Contact ❖ PF Anderson ! ❖ @pfanderson ! ❖ http://pgenpt.wordpress.com/ 20

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