Friday, 7 August 2015
There is often a lot going on in a person's life that we don't know about. Sometimes we are on the receiving end of another's frustration, pain, or anger because of an innocent remark. If a reaction seems unwarranted, ask yourself what else might be going on, and react with compassion. There can be things going on beneath the surface that we are unaware of.
Take my friend J. You wouldn't know it to look at her, but she has essential thrombocythaemia - a rare blood cancer in the group of myeloproliferative neoplasms or MPNs - that causes her bone marrow to make too many and imperfect platelets. This disorder requires constant chemo treatment. There is no surgical option. She lives with almost constant headaches but still holds down a stressful job leading a team of people. J was diagnosed in her 30s although ET usually affects people in their 60s. There isn't much research into MPNs because of their rarity. Most people have never heard of them, so we're trying to raise awareness.
Check out this website for more info on ET.
Or, if you like something more visual, this video is very informative.