Dan Beyer - Detroit, Michigan, USA.

Hi. My name is Daniel Beyer, but my friends call me Dan.

I was born in Detroit Michigan on August 29, 1954 to John and Clara Beyer. My dad has since passed away.

I was diagnosed at three months of age with Glanzmann’s Thrombasthenia. I have also been re-tested two or three times since then. I have three sisters and one brother, none of whom have G. T., thank God!

I started kindergarten and after repeating kindergarten due to missing so much school with bleeds, I was able to start first grade.

However, I don’t think I made it through the first part of the year before being home schooled. After moving to a nearby suburb of Detroit, I was able to go back to high school and graduate! I met my wife, Chris, while I was attending college. Chris and I have been married 31 ½ years. We have three children ranging from 22 to 26 years of age, and one granddaughter. None of them have G. T.. My wife, Chris, is a registered nurse and although I am medically on disability, I have obtained two associates degrees.

As a child, I spent half of my life in the hospital until about the age of twelve. From twelve to my mid thirties, I did not have many problems. When I hit my late thirties, early forties, I began having more problems. In 1999 I had my stomach removed after being in the hospital for fourteen months due to intermittent bleeding. Most of my hospitalization since then has been due to G. I. bleeds and small intestine bleeds. I have had innumerable transfusions of platelets and red blood cells. Currently, most of my bleeding is nose bleeds, gum bleeds, small cuts and bruises.

A little over a year ago, I received Novo 7 for the first time. I have been receiving Amacar for several years orally at home and intravenously in the hospital. Through much of my life, I was advised not to participate in recreational activities. Today I love to golf, go fishing, canoeing and I prefer low class white water rafting. I used to play softball for my church team. Chris and I sometimes bowl on a bowling league.

Through the years, Christ, my wife, and my family have stuck by me through all of my trials and tribulations. I am still here… and I intend to be for many years to come.


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