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PKU and ME

Updated: Apr 3, 2020

Hello! Welcome to my first blog post! I'm so excited that you're here and reading this post! I have a few reasons why I decided to start this blog, but I will get to that later. For now I just wanted to say Welcome! Honestly, you're the reason why I'm doing what I'm doing.


If you don't know me, my name is Sam Balenzano. I live in Vancouver, Canada and was diagnosed with Phenylketonuria when I was 2 weeks old. In short, Phenylketonuria is a metabolic disorder in which the person is missing the gene that breaks down protein. PKU is caused by a defect gene that helps create the enzyme needed to break down phenylalanine, which is in protein.


I want to keep these blogs short, and easy to read so in my next blog I will be breaking down what PKU is and how it affects a person's life. For now I just wanted to say, thank you for your support in choosing to learn about this invisible disease, and bring awareness to other invisible disorders. I'm looking forward to our adventure together!


"You were given this life because you were strong enough to live it" -Unknown

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