ITP Awareness Day Is Getting Big!
What started in America, has actually spread around the world. Wether it is a recognised day or not, it does not seem to stop us from celebrating ITP Awareness day around the world. Here in Australia, I had an appointment with my Haematologist on September 28th and the first thing she said was “Happy ITP Day!” Here in Australia we have been making ITP Awareness Day cup cakes and decorating the house!
Support the growing awareness of ITP in communities by wearing a PDSA ‘Got Platelets’ bracelet on September 28th, 2012. These bracelets are a being sold by the Platelet Disorder Support Association for just $ 3 each. Show your friends and family that you are there to support them. There is a lot of miss understanding around itp, and a lot of the unknown. Wearing a bracelet on September 28th might spark a conversation, and one more person will become aware of itp.
ITP is a growing but little understood health problem that most people (including some medical professionals) have never heard of. It affects individuals of all ages, sexes, and ethnic origins and ten times as many people as hemophilia.
Fortunately, substantial progress in understanding the mechanisms of ITP has been made in recent years. New treatments are now available. As research continues, however, the challenge continues to educate healthcare professionals and the public about this disorder. ITP patients and caregivers often feel they know more about the disease than their healthcare providers. As a result, there has become an increasing need for ITP Centers of Excellence to study, treat, and accurately record data to further understand the disease. Similar centers have proven highly successful for studying, recording, and treating other bleeding disorders like hemophilia and sickle cell disease.
Join PDSA this September as we come together to make ITP as well-known as cancer and heart disease. There’s never been a more important time to power up, get pumped, get in the game, and sport purple for platelets!!
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