September is ITP Awareness Month, and September 29th is Sport Purple for Platelets Day. This day is devoted to raising awareness and understanding of this disorder. There are plenty of things that you can do to get involved and help to make a difference.
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
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
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.
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
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
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