Who I Am
Hello! I'm so glad you're here.
I'm Laura Hines, and I have PKU*. I was diagnosed on June 16th, 1990, after just five days of being here on earth. It's been a wild ride, but I've been fortunate enough to have a phenomenal community of doctors, family, friends, advocates, even strangers, who've helped me get this far. It's because of them that I thrive with PKU. After traveling the country and meeting members of the PKU community from near and far, I recognized that although we all handle PKU differently and may be in different phases of life, we also are in so many ways the same. We all want to share in good food that doesn’t break the bank, find someone else to relate to, and maybe even share a few laughs together. So I thought it apt to take all the knowledge and tools I've gained over the years, and compile it in one place for all my other PKU-ers to have access to and thus, Thriving with PKU was born.
So that's what this space is.
If you don't find what you're looking for, please feel free to shoot me an email and I'll do my best to guide you to the answer your seeking.
I'm so glad you're here. Welcome to this little PKU family!
*PKU is a much easier way of saying Phenylketonuria
Phenylketonuria (fen-ul-ke-toe-NU-re-uh), also called PKU, is a rare inherited disorder that causes an amino acid called phenylalanine to build up in your body. PKU is caused by a defect in the gene that helps create the enzyme needed to break down phenylalanine.
Without the enzyme necessary to process phenylalanine, a dangerous buildup can develop when a person with PKU eats foods that are high in protein. This can eventually lead to serious health problems.
For the rest of their lives, people with PKU — babies, children and adults — need to follow a diet that limits phenylalanine, which is found mostly in foods that contain protein.
Babies in the United States and many other countries are screened for PKU soon after birth. Recognizing PKU right away can help prevent major health problems.