Real Stories from People Living with Thalassemia
It is important for people with thalassemia to learn how to stay healthy. Read personal stories from people living with thalassemia.
“Thalassemia, and the challenges that accompany it, have helped me become stronger and overcome many difficulties and negative feelings.”
I am Yasmeen Anis, age 23, living with a severe form of thalassemia, an inherited blood disorder in which the red blood cells aren’t able to get enough oxygen to the tissues and organs in the body.
When Amy Pizzulli was born in 1956, her parents were told that the life expectancy for a person born with thalassemia in the United States was 12 to 13 years of age.
Tracy Antonelli did not receive her first red blood cell transfusion, a treatment for thalassemia, until the age of 36. Thalassemia, however, has had a big impact on her life since early childhood.
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