Typically, a platelet is removed from the bloodstream after 9 or 10 days. But in an adult patient with ITP, antibodies--proteins made by the body's immune system to attack foreign cells. In ITP, antibodies attack the body's own platelets. attack platelets, so they are removed and destroyed much sooner"”even as soon as a few hours after they enter the bloodstream. Antibodies may also attack the megakaryocytes, which may prevent these cells from making as many platelets as they typically would have.
Through all of the medications and treatment options that do little to cure the disease, I am hopeful and optimistic at someday seeing that light at the end of the tunnel.
The only cure to this is to have a bone marrow transplant from a matching donor. After a preliminary search by my doctor and the NIH (National Institute of Health), no matching donor was found.
A test kit was even sent to my sister and brother. My sister was found not to be a match. The family was devastated.
Fortunately, when my brother sent his test kit in...the most resounding sound of happiness washed over me as my brother told me he was a 100% -- 10/10 match.
After all of the physical and mental pain and anguish, that light at the end of the tunnel looks closer than the disease in my rearview mirror.
All of this doesn't come without a cost. I will be undergoing a bone marrow transplant beginning the week of 6/11/2013...lasting 4 months. I have done as much as I can to prepare. Unfortunately, the best laid plans can come unraveled.
Please take a moment to make a donating in support of the many people and resources it takes to be with me in this great time of need. This will help with medical expenses during and post-transplant operation not covered by insurance.
God bless and thank you!
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