Dan Beyer's Story

Dan Beyer

Detroit, Michigan

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

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. However, I don’t think I made it through the first part of the year before being homeschooled. 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 for 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.

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.

Two individuals with glanzmann's thrombasthenia and their companion stand side by side.

I love to golf, go fishing, canoeing and I prefer low-class white water rafting.

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