• What is ITP?

    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

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  • What is Myasthenia Gravis?

    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 myasthenia gravis (MG) may

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  • What you need to know about ITP

    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. Blood contains platelets, which are disc-shaped cells that

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  • What is Lupus?

    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

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  • What is Lupus?

    It seems that, with increasing frequency, we’re hearing more about autoimmune disorders and diseases in America. One of those autoimmune diseases is called Lupus. And although it’s most common in women of childbearing age, it also affects men and children. Not at all rare with an estimated 5 million people worldwide living with Lupus at

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