Again, hello. I'm a 21 year old girl who has suffered the symptoms of ITP for the majority of my life. And I can tell you about just the kind of motivation a finding of 19k platelets can do for a person of my age - now that I know the symptoms are here to stay for some time, I am motivated like never before to advocate for students of all different physical abilities / disabilities on my college campus (Santa Clara University). What I've found that's disturbing is specific groups exist to serve people of different ethnicities, sexual orientations, genders, economic backgrounds, religions... the list goes on, but somewhere I found NOTHING offered to help students managing ongoing, chronic illnesses - when it seems we might need the most support of all.
Check out my work on Facebook, I hope to have this novel kind of student group running by the coming quarter. www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=351523597811&ref=mf
That scholarship is exactly what I had in mind. Even when handling my most severe symptoms as a young high school student, I found that such a scholarship didn't seem to exist. I can remember trying one for a hemophilia organization, but ultimately ITP was just too different a condition. Yes, as a young person with a chronic ITP diagnosis, I can tell you how thrilled I was to see a specific scholarship at last.
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