PHOTO: ABBIE TRAYLER-SMITH FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
On Tuesday 30th April, the prestigious Wall Street Journal published an article written by Dana Hawkins-Simons.
Dana is most likely a sufferer of Pernicious Anaemia and, like so many of us, waited years for a diagnosis and treatment. Dana is an award-winning investigative journalist who has lived and worked all over the world and moved to London in September 2018.
For the article, she contacted the society to be put in touch with the growing number of professional people who are aware of the problems with diagnosing any B12 Deficiency and whether that deficiency is due to Pernicious Anaemia.
The society was happy to help, and Dana attended the conference held in Manchester in early April of this year. There, Dana conducted interviews not only with professionals working in the field but also with patients.
“I had a limited word-count,” she says. “But it’s such a complicated subject that in the end, the Wall Street Journal devoted quite a lot of space to it, which was wonderful.”
There has been a tremendous response to the article. It was the top story on the WSJ’s Facebook page and website on the day it was published, and it received over 150,000 page views in its first two days online.
“The very first day my article ran, I heard from hundreds of people from all over the world who suspect that they, or someone close to them, has B12 deficiency,” says Dana. “It’s clearly a topic of vital importance to many people who are desperate for answers and treatment.”
Getting the article published by the Wall Street Journal will go some way to help us raise awareness amongst health decision makers that there is a need for a thorough overhaul of how Pernicious Anaemia is diagnosed and treated. Our next step will be our Reception at the Welsh Assembly & Government on the 6th June in Cardiff.
The Wall Street Journal link to the article can be found here: