Three Years of ITP and Me

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When I started this blog three years ago, I had no idea what was going to happen.  I thought at best it would be a hilarious side project while living in Indonesia, at worst I would have a few months of learning a little about putting a blog together.

This was in 2012, four years after I was diagnosed with ITP.

At the time, while living in a bright blue house (just like Frida Kahlo) down the road from Schapelle Corby’s cell in Kerobokan Prison, I had no idea what I was doing.  I expected this blog to have very few readers and that I would be bored of it in a few months, hopefully having learnt a little along the way.

I knew very little about websites and at the time my biggest goal was to install a widget and change the colour of the link text.  ITP and Me started as a beige single page blog roll with a fixed impractical menu bar.

I did not expect that ITP and Me would end up holding my attention for so many years, have thousands of people following from around the world, and inspire others to share their ITP stories.

What I have Learnt in these Three Years

There is no ‘typical ITP story’.

Meeting other people with ITP is not always that helpful.

Often I feel even more confused and isolated when I hear of other people’s experience with ITP.  Even though we all have the same disorder, we are all going through something very unique and personal to each of us.  I have learnt that, while it is called ITP, we do not all have the same autoimmune disorder.  Chronic patients have different experiences to acute patients and children are different again to adults.

I also now believe that our perspective and attitude towards ITP is the number one thing that can instantly change our lives.  I have learnt that ITP IS NOT FOREVER and that we all have the power to look at our ITP in a positive light.

My hopes for the future

My hope for the future is that I will be able to keep writing this blog.

I hope to tell you in 5 years time that I was able to have kids with ITP and write about the whole process.  I would like to tell you that my kids don’t have ITP and share that experience too.

I hope this blog continues to grow and change.

Thanks to Everyone for Reading and Sharing!

Three years later I think I need to change the name of this blog from ITP and Me to ITP and You!

I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has been so supportive and positive along the way.  It has been so special to see people commenting and sharing my articles on FACEBOOK.

Thanks to those who follow the ITP and Me PINTEREST board and keep sharing the love.

I’m so grateful to all the EMAILS and messages I keep receiving through itp.and.me.g@gmail.com and via the comments on the website.  Thank you to everyone who has SHARED THEIR STORY with us here.

Cheers!

Meghan

by Meg

Meghan Brewster is a writer and blogger. She is an ITP patient and launched ITP&Me in 2011. She is a coffee lover and a try hard dancer. @meghan_brewster

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