From a young age, Lexi was determined not to let a diagnosis of HAE hold her back from new experiences and achievements. See how she’s following her own path to reimagining life with HAE, wherever it takes her.
LEXI: I could have a small hand swell on a Monday, and then finally get over that, and by Wednesday or Thursday, my feet may be irritated, or my ankle may have just had a light swell. Hi, I’m Lexi, and this is my reimagine story. I’m a social media manager in Louisville, and I’m also getting my master’s degree. It’s been busy, but I love my job, and I love being in school. I was diagnosed with HAE when I was 7 years old.
LEXI: My father has it, his sister has it, and his father has it, so we were on alert. The first HAE attack I remember was a stomach attack. I was on the couch hugging myself, wondering when it would be over. After that, I started having attacks more frequently. I missed school and had to rest a lot, which was really frustrating, because I wanted to do what the other kids were doing, like playing volleyball. My best friends played, and I was so mad that I couldn’t do it. It sounds silly, but at that age, everything is really serious.
LEXI: Fortunately, when I was older, there were more treatment options available to help me manage my HAE. I went to college, met my boyfriend, D.J., and started a career. We even adopted a dog. As time went by, I felt that I was ready to take more control of my health and treatment decisions. I was interested when I heard about TAKHZYRO®, a once-every-other-week subcutaneous injection used to prevent HAE attacks in people 12 years of age and older.
LEXI: Before deciding to try another option, my doctor and I talked about every aspect of the treatment, including the potential risks associated with TAKHZYRO, including serious side effects, like allergic reactions, and the more common ones, like injection site reactions, upper respiratory infections, and headaches. We also discussed if it was a good option for me. Remember, not everyone is the same. These days, D.J. and I are on the go a lot. We love taking our dog out and going to concerts and vintage shopping. Basically, we’re huge on experiences, and that means traveling, too, most recently to New York City.
LEXI: Fitness is a big part of my life as well. I love jogging and try to get out as much as I can. Spin classes, too. When I was a kid, I didn’t know what would happen. I hated having HAE. But as treatment options became more available, I felt more positive, and that’s what I would say to others. Be positive. You may have HAE, but HAE does not have you. On average, I would have about one to two attacks per week. Since taking TAKHZYRO, the frequency of my attacks has gone down. If you are interested in learning more about reimagining your life with HAE, talk to your healthcare provider to see if TAKHZYRO is right for you.
NARRATOR: TAKHZYRO (lanadelumab) is a prescription medicine used to prevent attacks of hereditary angioedema (HAE) in people 12 years of age and older. It is not known if TAKHZYRO is safe and effective in children under 12 years of age. TAKHZYRO may cause serious side effects, including allergic reactions. Call your healthcare provider or get emergency help right away if you have any of the following symptoms: wheezing, difficulty breathing, chest tightness, fast heartbeat, faintness, rash, and/or hives.
NARRATOR: The most common side effects seen with TAKHZYRO were injection site reactions (pain, redness, and bruising), upper respiratory infection, and headache. These are not all the possible side effects of TAKHZYRO. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. TAKHZYRO has not been studied in pregnant or breastfeeding women. Talk to your healthcare provider about the risk of taking TAKHZYRO if you are pregnant, plan to be pregnant, are breastfeeding, or plan to breastfeed.
NARRATOR: Talk to your healthcare provider about TAKHZYRO, the only preventive HAE treatment you take as a subcutaneous injection just once every two weeks.