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Chronic ITP

Getting a Diagnosis

Many people have mixed emotions when they first learn that they have chronic idiopathic thrombocytopenia (ITP). While it may be a relief to finally have a diagnosis, understanding that they may be facing long-term treatment can be difficult. Each of the patients below reacted differently to their chronic ITP diagnosis. Do any of their concerns sound familiar?


Select each patient to learn more about his or her experience.

It took a long time for my doctor to diagnose me with chronic ITP. I never knew what kind of day it was going to be. And as a mother of 3 active boys, the unpredictable nature of chronic ITP can be really tough. I may not be able to control the fact that I have chronic ITP, but I can control how I choose to think about my condition.  

When my doctor first diagnosed me with ITP, all I could think about was trying to beat it. Finding out that it’s chronic means facing the fact that I’m in it for the long haul. By learning everything I can about my treatment options and following my doctor’s instructions, I know I’m doing my part to help manage my chronic ITP.

It’s been a really long journey. There were so many doctors and failed treatments before I finally got a diagnosis. I’ll be honest—I still have bad days sometimes. But I’ve learned that if I stay positive, I focus less on how my life is impacted by chronic ITP and more on what means the most to me. 

Getting started on PROMACTA® (eltrombopag)
Did you identify with any of the feelings Anna, David, or Donna expressed? Click here to learn more about the experiences others have had with taking PROMACTA.

Learn to think positively

Download the Changing Your Perspective PDF to help combat negative thoughts