We at FundMyTravel love what our platform helps individuals accomplish in their lives. Some campaigners create campaigns to travel the world in order to experience new cultures and to find out more about themselves, others want to study abroad for a semester or year, and some want to volunteer abroad and help where their skills are needed. Today we are sharing with you an interview with one of our campaigner’s who’s dream is to travel to Orlando, Florida in order to help learn more about and bring more awareness to the disorder called ITP.
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Katie Meloy, I am 21 years old and from a small city in England called York. I’m your average day to day person: I like socialising with my friends and family, eating out and traveling. The only difference is, I have a blood disorder called ITP.
2. What is ITP?
ITP stands for Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (try saying that out loud three times). It is a rare, auto-immune and blood disorder. Basically, my body for unknown reasons does not have enough platelets (clotting agents) to clot my blood. I bruise easily and bleed spontaneously and excessively when I cut myself. There are different types of ITP, acute and chronic. Acute ITP normally resolves itself without treatment however, Chronic ITP is more troublesome. There is no cure for ITP, only treatments that can lead to remissions, such as steroids, chemotherapy and other immune suppressant drugs.