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What you need to know about ITP

Posted by Tara Cohen on Sep, Wed 09, 2015


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.

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Tags: Autoimmune disorders, autoimmune disease, bleeding disorders, ITP, Platelet Disorder

What is Lupus?

Posted by Tara Cohen on Jun, Fri 12, 2015

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.

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Tags: Autoimmune disorders, autoimmune disease, lupus, lupus medical alert bracelet, lupus medical ID, Medical ID for Lupus, What is Lupus?

June is National Scleroderma Month

Posted by Brittany Raum on Jun, Mon 08, 2015

It’s estimated that about 300,000 American live with scleroderma, and since it presents with symptoms that are similar to other autoimmune disorders, scleroderma is often difficult to diagnose. Scleroderma can develop in any age group from infants to the elderly, but its onset is usually between the ages of 25 to 55.

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Tags: Autoimmune disorders, scleroderma,

Stress And Autoimmune Conditions: Learning to Accept Support

Posted by Brittany McNeal on May, Mon 12, 2014

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.

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Tags: Autoimmune disorders, autoimmune, autoimmune disease, stress and autoimmune disorders, stress

Living with Celiac's Disease [Part One]

Posted by Brittany McNeal on Jan, Sun 19, 2014

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.

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Tags: celiac disease ids, celiac disease, celiac, Celiac-Sprue, Autoimmune disorders, autoimmune, autoimmune disease, gluten free living, gluten alert medical id bracelet, Gluten Free

Five Facts About Graves Disease

Posted by Tara Cohen on Apr, Wed 24, 2013

Five Facts About Graves Disease

Approximately one in every 89 Americans -- that’s more than 3,000,000 people – live with a form of hyperthyroidism caused by Graves disease, and yet Graves is a disorder about which there is very little awareness. Here are Five Facts Everyone Should Know About Graves:

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Tags: T1D, Autoimmune disorders, type one diabetes, Graves Disease, Hyperthyroidism

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