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Andy Matthews: Given a Gift Video

Recently, Andy Matthews was interviewed by the Hemophilia Federation while at Capital Hill during Washington Days. This is the video of that interview. It has a little bit of everything from the history of growing up with hemophilia to excepting your hemophilia as a gift and as the lot you were dealt with. We hope […]

Washington Days: Update on Healthcare Reform

It’s time for an update on this year’s Washington Days and our community’s trip to Capitol Hill.  There were about 300 people from the hemophilia community in DC lobbying regarding healthcare from February 17th, 2011.    Our small group from consisted of Texas Central Chapter and the Lone Star Chapter Texas and we had an awesome […]

Flying High With Hemophilia

Have you ever had a dream that you just knew you had to fulfill?  Something you just knew your life would not be complete without?  So it was for “Brownie”, a thirty-something airline pilot living (and flying) with hemophilia. Brownie started flying at the ripe old age of ten.  His first flight lesson recorded in […]

Health Care Reform: What’s happening – how and when it will affect us

Here is our first attempt at summarizing key points from the new Health Care Reform Bill.  We wanted to give you at least a timeline of things that will be happening soon and in the years to come.  We would like to make it clear that we are not trying to take sides as to […]

Sweet Kelsey Girl August 4, 2009 – February 20, 2010

Yesterday at 4:15 pm, Feb, 20, 2010,  sweet baby girl Kelsey Matthews passed away peacefully with her Mom, Dad and big brother Keeton lying by her side. Though her short time on our earth was a struggle from the beginning until the end, Kelsey touched the lives of so many people in ways she will […]

getting your flu shot? Infuse before you do!

Yeah so my doctor calls me and tells me I need to get the regular flu shot, a pneumonia shot, and the swine flu shot as soon as I am able to get in. So dutifully I made my appointment yesterday and went in this morning for the first two shots. As a precaution I […]

The Most Wonderful Day of the Year, if You are Prepared!

With the start of school just around the corner, it is time for us parents of kids with hemophilia to begin planning our annual meeting with our child’s new teacher.  Back to school can be an intimidating time if you have a child with hemophilia.  It can be scary to be leaving your child, in […]


Our co-founder Andy Matthews and his wife Patti had a big surprise on Tuesday August 4, 2008. To everyone’s surprise their new baby Kelsey decided to make her appearance at 12:20 pm. She weighed 3 pounds 12 ounces and is 15 inches long! Patti went in for a normal sonogram that morning and the […]

Reflections on My knee replacement

Recently one of our readers posted a comment on David Simmons’ knee replacement article. It seems our reader Greg did not have as positive an experience with his knee replacement as David Simmons did. Well unfortunately neither did I. We are not trying to persuade anyone needing a knee replacement not to get one […]

Shout Out To C.J. Wilson

 Sweet Affliction would like to send a special shout out and thank you to Texas Rangers pitcher C.J. Wilson who recently held a Guitar Hero charity event with proceeds going to a Texas Hemophilia Camp. Apparently C.J. has taken an interest in Hemophilia and is doing his part to help in the community along […]