Team Mira's Minions created this page to announce Portillos Night for Platelets. We want to make a difference. We are inspired by the work of the PLATELET DISORDER SUPPORT ASSOCIATION INC and wanted to support them by raising money for research. PDSA has helped many like myself (Mira) as a patient with ITP and parents/caregivers of those with ITP. Please help us help them by attending Portillos Night Sept 23rd from 5pm to 8pm. Please print out the flyer below or show the flyer on your mobile phone. You can dine in, carry out or use the drive thru.
If you cannot attend, you can also help by giving whatever you can using the 'Give Now' button. The more people that know about PLATELET DISORDER SUPPORT ASSOCIATION INC, the greater their impact, so please also spread the word by sharing my page with your friends and family. Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot!
Mira has had ITP for 8 years. Mira first experienced the bruising, bleeding, and petechiae in May of 2011 being admitted to the ER with 3,000 platelets. Mira has dropped as low at 800 and has had to be admitted to the ER July of 2013 and April 2017 due to ITP. Currently, Mira is stable. You need to be informed in order to make the best decisions for yourself or your loved one. With God's grace, Mira has been blessed with great family, friends, doctors, and information from the PDSA.org website (and local Chicago ITP Group) to help her with her ITP journey.
ITP - Immune Thrombocytopenia, is an autoimmune disease. In autoimmune diseases, the body mounts an immune attack toward one or more seemingly normal organ systems. In ITP, platelets are the target. They are marked as foreign by the immune system and eliminated in the spleen and sometimes, the liver. In addition to increased platelet destruction, some people with ITP also have impaired platelet production.
People with ITP often have bruises or small purple spots on their skin (petechiae) where their blood has escaped from their veins or capillaries. Spontaneous bleeding can also occur in the mucus membranes on the inside of the mouth or in the gastrointestinal tract. It is possible, with a decreased number of platelets, to have a spontaneous cerebral hemorrhage. ITP is often accompanied by fatigue and sometimes depression. (ITP.org to learn more)
Thank you so much for your support!!!