A Transverse Baby

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I know this is a little off the topic of ITP and Bleeding Disorders, but it was something I wanted to write about.  There isn’t much personal information onIine about transverse babies, and a few people keep asking me what it feels like to have a transverse baby, so I will do my best to describe it.

I’m currently at 36 weeks and our baby has been transverse for at least two months.

As this is my first experience with the third trimester, I have nothing to compare to, so for most of the day, everything just feels normal to me.  But I will try and break it down so it makes a little sense for people who are unfamiliar with the feeling of a transverse baby. Continue reading


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A little bit about John…

Californian based international business consultant working in the Asia-Pacific region.

How were you diagnosed…

I was in Japan with my family on a business related trip in the Spring of 2015. Prior to our departure, I had bitten my check while sleeping and noticed that it continued to bleed. After checking into our flight to Tokyo, I noticed a large bruise forming on my left hand from where I had just been bumped by another traveler’s suitcase.

During the 9-hour plus flight, I began to feel tired and noticed I had what appeared to be a rash forming on my hands and lower arms. Upon arrival in Tokyo and after checking in to the hotel, I felt exhausted with a large headache (I travel extensively to Asia from the US, so this was unusual for me).

The next morning, after I woke up, I noticed I had what appeared to be blood blisters on my tongue as well as blood spots on the pillow case of the hotel pillow. As this was the weekend in Japan, my wife who is Japanese, suggested that we discuss this with a pharmacy (Note:  In Japan hospitals are only open for emergencies and not regular visits on the weekend).

This was done on a Saturday. The pharmacist stated that it didn’t look like an allergic reaction and I should see a regular physician. As the weekend progressed I continued to get more tired and the “rash” continued to spread on my arms and legs. My wife did some research on the internet and found information on ITP that seemed to cover my symptoms. Continue reading


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Welcome to Regina's Story

We like to ask all sorts of questions here, from the diagnosis story, to how patients with ITP sleep.  How they deal with stress and how they feel when their platelets are falling, appetite, mood and how their life has changed since ITP – Funniest or worst injury and how they manage ‘being sick’…  Every ITP story is different.  Enjoy.

A little bit about me

I live in Pennsylvania and have always enjoyed an active lifestyle. I also enjoy reading, playing piano, singing, horseback riding, and animals of any kind. ☺ I was born in January 2002.

How I was diagnosed and my journey so far…

When I was about 6 or 7 years old I started getting big bruises all over my body for absolutely no reason at all. My mom then took me to the doctor and he did some bloodwork. We got the results back late that night and my count was at 8,000.

The doctor thought I might have leukemia and told us to go up to Hershey right away. When we got there they did a lot of testing and early the next morning they informed us that I had ITP. They gave me IVIG which made my platelet counts go up to about 100,000 but they went back down a few days later and the treatment made me very sick /nauseous /headache /exhausted. This was during my first year of school.

After that they pretty much watched and waited. I had weekly blood tests taken, and went up to Hershey Medical every few weeks or so. After about 4 months of this, my platelet counts started slowly rising… but they never went back up to a normal count (150,000-400,000). They rose up to a stable area though of 60,000 to 70,000 and stayed there for about 7 years. During this time that my platelet counts were stable I lived a totally normal life and was able to be active again. Continue reading


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Hello, my name is Clarissa and I was diagnosed with ITP November 3rd, 2015. I currently live in Minnesota. I am a teacher and a single mom to 2 little boys ages 6 and 4. On Halloween morning 2015 I woke up with bruises all over my arms. I honestly didn’t know how I got them, but my family joked about how my youngest beat me up in his sleep (he co-sleeps with me and is a tosser).

I really didn’t think much of the bruises except that it was weird they were all over my arms, so we went trick or treating as planned. I hadn’t felt sick or tired or really anything out of the normal before this, so I wasn’t really sure what was going on. The next day I seemed to have developed more bruises on my legs, again brushing it off to my son’s tossing and turning.

On Monday when I went to work I found even more bruises and throughout the day they were getting darker and bigger. I called my doctor and she told me to get in to urgent care right away. After work I picked up my kids and headed in. They ran blood tests and my platelets levels came back at 0. Continue reading


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I tried to stay away from regular use of steroids as much as possible. But like with any chronic disorder, medication is inevitable. And to think that 8 months ago, I was going about my normal life thinking I was healthy as a horse and all the while my immune system was planning an attack on my own platelets.

Although it is not like it sprang on me all of a sudden. Come to think of it, there were some signs of platelet disorder way early.

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About a year and a half ago, I noticed that the bruises were getting bigger and more frequent, which scared me a little but the bruises sort of faded away in a few days. Continue reading

Paulien Barkmeyer

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Welcome to Paulien's Story

Hi! My name is Paulien Barkmeyer and I am LIVING with ITP! The operative word being LIVING!

Much like you, I have been on a tremendous journey of highs, lows, ups, downs and insides outs finding a way to come to terms with this condition and after approx. 7 years I have finally come to the point of “living with” rather than “a battle against” ITP.  My numbers continue to be pretty crappy, my energy levels wane and all the other bits and pieces that go along with our condition.  I’ve finally given up my dream of being a Roller Derby Queen!

My health and health habits are probably the best they have ever been.  My life is filled with joy and joyful activities.

As you are well aware, your life can become consumed with treatment regimes, blood numbers and endless prodding and pricking from various health professionals.  Searching for a “cure” can get you down and depressed However, only in the last years or so have I reframed my view of this situation.  

I figure there are plenty of things I have no influence or control over so I made a decision to focus my energy and attention to the things I can influence.  I’m certainly not putting on my “rose coloured glasses”, just looking at my life and condition differently!  Currently, there is no changing the fact that I LIVE with ITP and try as I might, it may never go away.

I liken my shift in perspective a little like getting caught in a rip and “going with it” rather than to expend all my energy fighting against it.  I’m just “riding the wave” baby!

Some of the more practical habits I have put into place include: Continue reading