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. First, what is ITP? ITP stands for Immune (or Idiopathic) Thrombocytopenia
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
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
It’s estimated that about 300,000 American live with scleroderma, and since it presents with symptoms that are similar to other autoimmune disorders, scleroderma is often difficult to diagnose. Scleroderma can develop in any age group from infants to the elderly, but its onset is usually between the ages of 25 to 55. What is scleroderma?
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
First off, I’d like to introduce myself: Hello! I’m Brittany McNeal. That’s me over there to the right… Snazzy. I’m the brand-spanking new content creator at Lauren’s Hope, and I (like almost 8% of Americans) have an autoimmune disease. In fact, like most people who have an autoimmune disease, I have more than one: Celiac Disease
Approximately one in every 89 Americans — that’s more than 3,000,000 people – live with a form of hyperthyroidism caused by Graves disease, and yet Graves is a disorder about which there is very little awareness. Here are Five Facts Everyone Should Know About Graves: Graves disease is an autoimmune disorder that impacts the thyroid