ITP Christmas Gifts

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Christmas is a time to gift the gift of love.  If you are an ITP’er, or know one, here are a few ideas for Christmas.  I have been the recipient of a few of the gifts below, and I can’t tell you how much they meant.  Below are our highly recommended gifts for people with ITP this year.

Make a Donation


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Make a Donation to PDSA – Give a nice gift.

Giving to the PDSA will benefit everyone around the world with ITP and Platelet Disorders.  Not only do they offer support and free information to everyone on their website, they also organise the International ITP conference, raise awareness through ITP Awareness day, and promote health and wellness.


Giving Blood with ITP, Living with ITPMake a blood donation and give the gift of blood for Christmas.

Not only are people waiting for emergency blood donations but there are many people with platelet disorders who are waiting for blood donations for ‘elective’ surgeries.  People with Platelet Disorders often have to wait for blood bank stores in increase before they are given to ok for elective surgeries as the Blood Bank will always hold on to emergency stores of Blood.

If you want to get a friend or loved one the greatest Christmas present ever – Give them a card with a picture of you donating blood in it.


When going to give blood there are a number of different options.  Many people believe that you can only give whole blood, every three months.  This is not true.  There are three different types of donations you can make.  You are also able to donate Plasma and Platelets.

Platelet donation consists of donating a concentration of platelets through a process called apheresis.  Platelets can be donated every 2 to 4 weeks, as they are replaced very quickly after donation.  The whole process takes around 45 minutes, but you should allow about an hour and a half.


Christmas appeal, red cross, Australian Red Cross, ITP, tip bleeding, blood donationsThe Red Cross are again running their Christmas Appeal.  At a time when most people are looking to give a bit of love and spend a bit of cash, it makes sense for some of that love and cash to end up with the Red Cross.

The focus for this year is on providing clean water to island nations around Australia.  The Australian Red Cross are involved  in some way in all national and international disaster relief.  The Christmas Appeal also provides support and help to isolated elderly Australians and Families in Crisis.


The true meaning of Christmas.

Happy Holidays.


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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