By: Natalia Hurlock
Editing Assistant: Teresa D. Douglas, PhD
At Emory’s Department of Human Genetics Annual Metabolic Camp, girls and women ages 12 and up get to come together for a week to learn about the importance of adhering to their diet and how to better manage their PKU in all aspects of everyday life. In addition to gaining healthy self-management skills to take home with them into their daily lives, these women and girls have fun spending time together. It was a heart-warming experience to see them bond and connect as they shared their stories and related to each other.
As a Human Health student at Emory with ambitions in Public Health, it is my goal and passion to translate knowledge about health into all aspects of everyday life and help individuals live their best lives. This camp gave me the greatest insight into the challenges that individuals with PKU and other rare metabolic disorders face and how their diet and lifestyle require special and diligent attention. PKU and other metabolic disorders are at the intersection of nutrition, genetics, and research. Professionals from each field come together every year to educate and support the amazing group of women that attend Emory’s Metabolic Camp. I feel very lucky to have been a part of this special environment and look forward to participating in future Metabolic Camps.