Julie Thomson is an active mother of three grown children who hikes or bikes almost every day. She is dedicated to encouraging patients to educate themselves about their vascular health condition so they are better equipped to be their own advocate. Not a typical PAD patient, Julie’s battle with PAD started in her teenage years and her claudication symptoms (pain while walking) were ignored by doctors until her mid-forties when she underwent several leg bypass surgeries. She was finally diagnosed with a newly identified rare genetic condition ACDC (Arterial Calcification due to Deficiency in CD73) by the Undiagnosed Diseases Program at the NIH. Julie is also a member of the Vascular Cures Advisory Board.