I was diagnosed with ITP shortly after my 40th birthday. I had been experiencing unexplained bruising and fatigue, and when I went to the hematologist my platelets were at 74,000 – low, but not dangerously low. My hematologist put me on dexamethasone and told me to come back in five days to check again. When he said I could bring my husband to the next appointment, I knew this was more serious than I had initially thought.
By my second visit, my platelets had plummeted to 4,000. The hematologist did an emergency bone marrow biopsy and sent me directly to the emergency room. So began my roller coaster with ITP.