ITP is short for Immune Thrombocytopenia, also called Idiopathic or Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura. This rare bleeding disorder is an autoimmune condition in which the immune system develops antibodies that attack and kill healthy platelets. Because platelets are essential to blood clotting and people with ITP can have significantly decreased platelet counts, the condition carries a risk of dangerous bleeding.Read More
A Guest Post by our friend Danielle Walk, Executive Director of the Myasthenia Gravis Association
“Why does he never smile?”
“He doesn’t look sick”
“I think she’s drunk”
“She is just lazy. She was just fine last week. Maybe she’s trying to get out of work…again.”
These are some of the comments that someone with myasthenia gravis (MG) may not get to hear but are the type of remarks that are sometimes said by those not familiar with MG, and individuals with this rare disease seldom get the chance to set the record straight.
June is MG Awareness Month and the Myasthenia Gravis Association of MO & KS (MGA), as well as other chapters and individuals throughout the country, is involved in a variety of activities to promote awareness and education so that MG can be better understood.
SEPTEMBER IS ITP AWARENESS MONTH!
ITP, which stands for Immune Thrombocytopenia (also Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura), is an autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system attacks the platelets. The next natural question, of course, is likely, "What exactly are platelets, again?" So, let's start from the beginning.Read More
The most basic definition of Lupus is that it is an autoimmune disease that causes pain and inflammation in the body. However, Lupus is anything but basic, and a single definition does not do justice to the challenges faced by the estimated 1.5 million Americans who live with this diagnosis or those who love and support them. Lupus is complex and hard to define in some ways. It’s often consuming and extremely challenging.Read More
Like most, I deal with stress on a daily basis. Whether the stress is coming from my schedule, planning my wedding, or dealing with an unruly puppy, it can weigh heavily on my day-to-day life. Obviously, stress isn’t good for anyone’s health, but for those of us who live with autoimmune diseases, stress can have more direct, health-related impacts.
First off, I’d like to introduce myself: Hello! I’m Brittany McNeal. That's me over there to the right... Snazzy. I’m the brand-spanking new content creator at Lauren’s Hope, and I (like almost 8% of Americans) have an autoimmune disease. In fact, like most people who have an autoimmune disease, I have more than one: Celiac Disease and Hashimoto’s Disease.
It seems that, with increasing frequency, we're hearing more about autoimmune disorders and diseases in America. One of those autoimmune diseases is called Lupus. And although it's most common in women of childbearing age, it also affects men and children. Not at all rare with an estimated 5 million people worldwide living with Lupus at any given time, approximately 16,000 new cases of Lupus are diagnosed in the US every year.