It was over 13 years ago when I was suddenly diagnosed with Immune Thrombocytopenia (ITP). At the age of 12, I was scared for my future because I had no idea what it would mean to live with an autoimmune disorder that attacks my platelets. I had never heard of ITP before, and nobody I knew understood what it was either. All I was told was that I had to be really careful because I was at an increased risk of spontaneous bleeding and bruising. It took many years of trying different treatments, seeing new doctors and getting over obstacles before I got to a place where I felt I could effectively manage my ITP while having a minimal impact on my everyday life. It took a long time for me to accept my diagnosis and learn to take control of my own health. It has been a physical and emotional roller-coaster ride, but at the same time it has made me a stronger person. In many ways, my experiences with ITP have had more positive impacts than negative ones!
It wasn't until 6 years after my diagnosis, that I finally got involved with the Platelet Disorder Support Association (PDSA). It was through PDSA that I was finally able to meet other patients with ITP, and that moment changed my life forever. Suddenly, I had a whole network of people who knew exactly what I was going through and had the same goals as me in terms of raising awareness of ITP.
PDSA is an amazing non-profit organization (that receives no government funding) and yet the people who run it still find a way to pour their heart and soul into providing excellent patient support, education, advocacy, raising awareness and funding ITP research. I have personally been working with them since 2010, and have made it my mission to do everything in my power to help this cause. My time with PDSA helped me further realize how passionate I am about helping other patients, and are a huge part of why I decided to pursue medicine as my career.
I hope to continue my fundraising tradition for the month of September. For ITP awareness month, I will be Sporting Purple for Platelets at my next half-marathon run and will have other initiatives you can look out for! If you can spare even a small donation, please know that your contribution will go a long way in helping ITP patients.
PDSA and I truly appreciate your support!
Thank you in advance! xxx
To donate simply click on "Give Now" above. If you would like to donate in person, I can also collect cash and add it to the page :)
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