Take control of ITP and live the life you love!

With today’s treatment options, there’s no reason to let ITP stand in the way of your dreams.

Whatever your goals for the future—raising a family, thriving at work, traveling with loved ones—you can achieve them despite immune thrombocytopenia (ITP). Of course, that may sound out of reach if you’re suffering symptoms—for example, you bruise easily, have visible red or purple dots on your skin (petechiae), experience spontaneous nosebleeds or excessive bleeding from the gums. Not too long ago, these people with ITP felt the same way.

Take Debbie J., diagnosed with ITP two years ago: “I feel like a new woman!” says the Burlington, VT, shop owner. “When my doctor told me I had ITP, I was scared. Learning I had low blood platelets—well, it sounded dangerous. I was afraid to do anything,” she recalls. “I was worried that I’d fall or cut myself and bleed uncontrollably. So I stopped doing things I enjoyed—like playing with my dog or going camping with my kids. My family life suffered!”

Mike D., from Detroit, MI: “I remember being on steroids for months. Every time I tried to taper off them, my counts would crash,” says Mike, who was diagnosed with ITP five years ago. “But the side effects when I was on them were the worst. I got moody and irritable—and I had real problems with insomnia. The scariest thing about it—I thought this was just the way life was going to be!” 

Luckily, Debbie and Mike’s doctors prescribed a different therapy for their ITP. “I take a tablet after waking up in the morning on an empty stomach,” says Debbie. “Such a simple thing to do—but it works! A couple of weeks after I started it, my counts were back up—and they’ve stayed there! I stopped worrying so much and got back to having fun with my family!”

Mike had similar success with his new treatment. “It got my platelets to a safe level, without having to feel like I’m going crazy,” he reports. “ITP is a lifelong disease. I still have to manage it, but knowing my platelets are good helps me to handle everything better.”

A rare disease, ITP affects about 9 out of every 100,000 Americans. If, like Debbie and Mike, you’re a member of that group, you, too, can take back control. The best approach: Work with your hematologist to find the treatment that can boost your platelets and help you live your life to the fullest—and with confidence! 

Did you know? 
About 9 out of every 100,000 Americans are affected by ITP.


ITP basics
What is ITP?
ITP causes & risk factors
ITP symptoms
ITP diagnosis
Meet your ITP healthcare team
ITP: Questions to ask your doctor

 

ITP features
Take control of ITP and live the life you love!
ITP: Q&A
Understanding ITP
ITP symptoms and early detection
Platelet counts: know your numbers
Be prepared for an emergency with ITP

 

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