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.


  1. So Well expressed, and an excellent reminder...the image you've shared is really gorgeous, and what a good friend you are to raise awareness as well as supporting your friend!

  2. Wow. Thanks for telling us about this. Your page is great and a wonderful representation of the thoughtful concepts and ideas you were attempting to create. I'd say you have accomplished your goals.

  3. Wow! Never knew what this was. I will pray for your friend. This is tough. Thanks for the reminder to be kind hearted. Wonderful page to support awareness. Thank you.

  4. Tracy - a thoughtful and compassionate post on all levels. Many thanks for bringing this (and all other human issues) to our attention.

  5. My thoughts and prayers are with your friend Tracy. And may you always be a comfort and strength for your friend .


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