Covering a Bruise with Green Concealers, Reviews

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Green concealers are used to correct and hide redness and red tones in the skin. Green concealers work to neutralise redness, making them a great way to cover up pimples, zits, skin conditions, bruises and sunburn.

At first, I found green concealers terrible. I put way too much product on my skin, I did not know how to blend it, I hadn’t matched the colour well to my complexion and looked ridiculous. With practice, I have improved immensely. Now I am much better.

The problem with redness correcting green concealers is that there are SO many to choose from. Below is a guide to a few popular green concealers I’ve tried and how they worked. Hopefully, this guide will help you to achieve the most natural, bruise-free skin possible. Continue reading

Tammy Farrow

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Welcome to Tammy's Story

My name is Tammy Farrow.  I am 32 and live in a small village near Bath, England. I married John, my partner of 10 years in July 2012 and we have 3 children, Johnnie, Marylou and Blossom. I am a stay at home mum, spending my days looking after the children and keeping the house organised (sort of).

I am a self-taught hand lettering artist and illustrator, and have just opened an ONLINE STORE to sell my creations – this is something I really enjoy and spend as much time doing as I can – I have found it especially therapeutic since I have been ill. Continue reading

An Interview with Miss Plaquetas (Miss Platelets)

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Laura Cisneros is an ITP patient living with Fybromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in Mexico City.  Online she blogs as Miss Plaquetas, writing a bilingual blog about chronic illness and cooking delicious food.  I first saw Miss Plaquetas on Instagram when she was sharing images of bruises under the hashtag #platelets.  Lately we have been chatting.

I’ve lived with ITP for the past three years now.  March the 1st of 2012 I had a fall that wasn’t even tough, but that caused a huge black bruise on my leg.

It was her friends, family and bosses at work that noticed Laura’s symptoms.  Her family were concerned; especially as she looked very worn and felt she was under a lot of stress.

By then I already had symptoms of the disease, although I didn’t know it was ITP.  I ignored these signals which I believed were caused by the stress to which I was subjected.  I traveled a lot for my job and was addicted to my work.

At the time Laura was working in Industrial Engineering specialising in Hygiene and Industrial Safety which saw her constantly traveling.

I always put my job as my priority and on weekends I was partying a lot, so it was natural for me to assume that my body was already getting tired. Sometimes I would get a message the night before that I had to go on a trip,and I should be ready for at least, fifteen days of absence.  I never thought it was something else.

Laura was eventually sent to the ER with a count of 12, not understanding what was happening and not sure how to explain anything to her parents.

Three years may not sound very long, but I’ve been subjected to a myriad of treatment with immunosuppressants, steroids, alkali, intravenous, oral, mixtures…Two splenectomies, one of the spleen and one in accessory spleen and tumours.

Laura’s longest stay in hospital so far has been two months.  Her doctors have tried all possible treatments and none have worked successfully.  The journey has taking quite a toll; mentally, personally and spiritually.  There have been exhausting times when Laura even considered simply giving up.

Due to constant fatigue, eventually I got more diagnosis of fibromyalgia and CFS, which coincided with my chronic ITP diagnosis in November 2014.  It took two years that a rheumatologist diagnosed me with fibromyalgia and CFS.

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How to Heal A Bruise, An ITP Book

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For Patients and Parents living with ITP,

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There is so much information available about the medical problems of immune thrombocytopenia.  Written by doctors and professionals, it’s difficult to read and even harder to decipher. Medical journals and scientific papers never address the questions you actually want answers to – What is it like to live with ITP?  How can I still live my life?  What will it feel like now that I have ITP?

HOW TO HEAL A BRUISE was inspired by Meghan Brewster’s most popular ITP articles.

 HOW TO HEAL A BRUISE includes stories from Meghan’s ITP Journey, some of the latest ITP research and advice for living a life with ITP.  This book is comprehensive yet easy read; from a person who actually has ITP.

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About the Author, Meghan Brewster

meghan brewster, author, how to heal a bruise, itp blood disorderMeg was diagnosed with immune thrombocytopenia when she was 22 years old.  She struggled to read dense medical journals and scholarly articles to learn more about her ITP.  What was missing from the ITP conversation was information from other patients, about what immune thrombocytopenia was really like.  

In 2012, Meg set up ITPANDME.  Three years later, it’s one of the largest ITP blogs in the world.  Meg has been writing about ITP for more than 6 years, has heard hundreds of patient stories and answered many questions about ITP life from patients and parents.

HOW TO HEAL A BRUISE is an honest account of her journey with ITP, as well as practical advice for living with ITP and information from some of her most popular articles.

This book takes you through the stages of ITP from coming to terms with your diagnosis to finally accepting and thriving with ITP, what to expect while living with ITP and how to make sure it doesn’t take over your life.  An honest and informative account of living with an autoimmune disease.

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Praise for How to Heal a Bruise

The book includes lots of ITP information such as, the science, history, tips and guides, alongside strong emotional support. It is now my own ITP Bible! I could not recommend it more highly! FULL REVIEW HERE from Katie Meloy

Beyond being a book documenting scientific and medical information, is the personal experience of Megan Brewster after seven years of living with this blood disorder and is enriched in fourteen chapters…I didn’t know what to expect on How To Heal A Bruise, then simply I couldn’t stop reading.  FULL REVIEW HERE from Laura

‘My partner and I absolutely love your blog and find many of your post’s to be just what we are looking for.’ Andy USA

‘Thank you for your thoughts…they’ve helped me with finding perspective in our reality.’ Jenny Australia

‘Love the way you write.  Meg, you made me chuckle.’ Bron Australia

‘Thank you for writing this, it will surely help the newbies.’ Padma, India

Features

  • The History of Immune Thrombocytopenia.
  • Practical Diet and Lifestyle advice.
  • Pregnancy and Babies with ITP
  • Advice on Natural Therapies and alternative medicine.
  • Possible Isolation and Depression from an ITP diagnosis.
  • Covering up Bruises, tips for healing and hiding bruises.
  • First aid tips and tricks for around the home.
  • ITP fears and how to overcome them.
  • A Huge list of References – Meg’s favourite blogs, books and ITP Resources.

Platelets, The Whole Story

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Platelets.  We have heard that word a thousand times.  We know what they are and we know what they do. Right?  Platelets are just those tiny little things that float around in your blood that magically ‘plug up’ leaks when you need them.  Wrong.  Here’s the whole story, about how platelets are made, what they actually do and how they go about doing it.

What is a Normal platelet count?

A ‘Normal’ platelet count has a very wide range.  Anywhere between 150 and 450 billion platelets per litre of blood is considered normal.  Men and women often differ slightly in ‘normal’ ranges, but not consistently enough for it to be documented.  Any higher than 450 billion platelets and you are in trouble.  Any lower than 150 billion platelets and you have a very different set of problems.

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Where do platelets come from?

Platelets are created by a larger cell in the body called a Megakarycytes.  Pictured.  No, I have never said that word out aloud.  Megakaryocytes are created from steam cells in the bone marrow.

 ITP, low platelet count, low platelets, platelets low, ITP disease, immune system disease, living with itp, blood disorder, Chronic itp, platelets,As a MEGAKARYOCYTES matures it begins to fragment into platelets that are released into the blood.  This fragmentation of the megakaryocytes is very important because it is triggered by the hormone THROMBOPOIETIN. Continue reading

Life Cycle of a Bruise; Understanding Bruises

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In a study on The LIFE CYCLE of Bruises in Adults, there where two overwhelming conclusions.  Firstly, that 90% of all bruises will occur on your extremities, being your arms and legs.  The second fact was that one cannot reliably predict the age of a bruise based on it’s colour.

What you can predict from the colour of the bruise, is which stage of healing it is in.  The changing colours of a bruise indicate that the bruise is healing and that it will soon be gone.  A bruise will change colours as it goes through the various chemical processes of healing. Continue reading