Before radio hit the airwaves in the early 1900s, before satellite TV brought hundreds of channels into the home, and long before devices like smart phones and video game consoles connected via the Internet, families often gathered in the family parlor. Originating from the French word that means “to speak,” the home parlor was used for entertaining guests and oftentimes displayed mementos, photographs and other family possessions.
Today’s “social space” has moved out of our homes and into the somewhat less-than-cozy corners of the World Wide Web. However, thanks to audience fragmentation, I and the other 7 billion people that make up the planet are able to break through geographic boundaries and communicate with other individuals who relate to or have experienced similar challenges.
As a Phenylketonuria (PKU) patient diagnosed in the early 1980s, I created the PKU Parlor blog as way to both document my experience in dealing with this genetic disorder and as a way to connect with other individuals who are experiencing the same challenges as I am.
Whether you are a PKU patient yourself, or you know someone with PKU, I hope you enjoy my ramblings and please feel free to comment whenever the mood strikes you!