I've created this page, because I want to make a difference. In 2004, my husband, Derek, was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called Immune Thrombocytopenia (ITP), which is a bleeding disorder. In autoimmune diseases, the body mounts an immune attack toward one or more of its own organs or functions. In ITP, platelets are the target. They are marked as foreign by the immune system and quickly eliminated in the spleen and sometimes, the liver. Without enough platelets, spontaneous bleeding and bruising can occur. This can include internal bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract, and in some cases, cerebral hemorrhages. In March of this year Derek's Platelets dropped to 7,000 and he was once again placed on Prednisone. His platelets started to increase but after two weeks they dropped to 4,000. He was admitted to the hospital and given several doses of IVIG, platelets went up & he was discharged. He is presently off prednisone and taking a new medicine for ITP called Promacta. Platelets are in the 300,000.
I'm inspired by the work of the PLATELET DISORDER SUPPORT ASSOCIATION (PDSA) and want to support them by raising money.
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