Hi, my name is Hannah, and this is my story.
I am a hematology patient with a very severe and rare blood condition. I was diagnosed the day I was born and have been “fighting like a girl” ever since.
I have been hospitalized countless times for extended periods; this means missing school and now work quite a lot. My blood disease prevents my blood from clotting. If you can name it, I’ve bled into it, which includes: joints, muscles, mucous membranes, GI tract, and CNS. I have had several hypovolemic shock scares where my hemoglobin has dropped to two! I had a hysterectomy at the age of 18. I started my period at 12 and never stopped until the day of my hysterectomy.
Unfortunately, there is no cure; just infusions three times a week of replacement factor as well as blood transfusions when needed!
I have learned that I may be bruised, but I am not broken! FIGHT LIKE A GIRL??!
Submitted September 25, 2018
This story is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.