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Merry Christmas everyone. It’s Holiday Season already!

I want to wish everyone with ITP a joyous, full filled, and delightful Christmas. I hope your friends and families are well and that you are healthy and happy enough to enjoy this Holiday time.

I want to send out a special thank you for all your support and positive energy. Thank you for reading, sharing, commenting, and contributing to this ever growing website.

I can’t believe 2016 is nearly over. Our year began under very intense circumstances, waiting in Sydney for our little high-risk bub to be born.

ITP and also Antiphospholipid Syndrome played an enormous part in my pregnancy and BIRTH. I spent many hours in the hospital, in and out of appointments, blood tests, and OB check ups. 

Living with a newborn has also had its challenges. My platelets have been up and down all year. I’ve been stressed, exhausted and sleep deprived.

My son and I have been more unwell this year than we’ve ever been in our lives. He picks up coughs and germs and viruses from daycare which have played havoc on my suppressed immune system.

When life has been particularly crazy, I’ve FORGOTTEN MY MEDICATION,  drug I’ve needed every day for the last 8 years.

Being a mother with ITP, I certainly worry more than I used to. My health is more important than ever, and when my platelets are low I am extra careful.

It’s stressful and scary and I am always thinking about how ITP can or might effect my life.

Exciting Dates for 2017

  • July 28, 2017 – The ITP CONVENTION hosted by the Platelet Disorder Support Association in Chandler Arizona, America.
  • September 2017 – ITP Awareness Month in the USA.
  • September 30 – SPORT PURPLE FOR PLATELETS running and fundraising day in the USA.
  • To Be Confirmed – ITP Conference in the UK hosted by ITP SUPPORT.

In 2017, I would like to move my focus away from ITP. I feel like ITP consumed so much of 2016, that I don’t want to waste another minute I don’t have to on it.

We are planning a huge focus on food and family for 2017; Slow family time, far more exercise, travel and even more investigations into alternative medicines.

Happy New Year ITP’ers!

Wishing you the best with all your New Years Resolutions.

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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