Maura

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How many people have treated their ITP with good health, natural diets and plenty of vitamin C? Maura has done just that. Here is her story.

I was diagnosed with ITP in September of 2013. I had been tired for a while, but I had attributed it to menopause, as I had surgery a year before and all was fine. I also had pretty good bruising which was showing up on my legs, but attributed that to our new rambunctious Labrador puppy.

It was found purely by accident when I went in for my first colonoscopy screening. I was 52. I was asked to go to the hospital for routine bloodwork for the colonoscopy and that’s when they found that my platelets were very low. I started treatment and went through the Prednisone, then IV immunoglobulin, then finally splenectomy.

While NONE of these worked, I decided to do a little investigating on my own. My hematologist said that they don’t know what causes it, so they do the best they can with what has worked for others who have been diagnosed and I was a bit of a puzzle as counts kept dropping no matter what I did.

So I decided to cut out ALL ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS AND ALCOHOL from my diet —then we began growing our own vegetables, and I eat vitamin C every day in the form of citrus fruits. Guess what? My counts began coming up very gradually and now I am at 172,000— a far cry from the 23,000 I was hovering around month after month after having my spleen removed.

While I understand it may not work for others, it MAY work for some and I wonder if I could have started just by changing my diet rather than drugs and surgery that not only would have been more cost-effective but also way less invasive for me in treatment.

Since my counts have come up, bruising is almost non-existent and the tiredness seems to have been alleviated as well.  I try to put myself in less stressful situations as well. I do worry that counts will plummet like they did initially, however, I look at each day as a gift now, rather than a chore—it has definitely made me look at my life as a whole differently.

You can’t guarantee any day so live your life each day the best way you can.

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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