Essential Thrombocythemia. It is a mouthful. Tough to pronounce, tougher to live with. And a dear friend of mine is doing just that. Living with it.

Simply put, ET is a blood disorder that causes the body to produce blood cells at abnormal rates. The extreme number of platelets in the blood stream can result in clot formations leading to complications such as heart attack and stroke. Symptoms include throbbing pain, headaches, dizziness, chest pain, weakness, fainting, vision changes, numbness in hands and feet, bruising and more.

If you happen upon this post, I’d like to invite & challenge you to join us in following a vegetarian diet on 6/15/16. Cindy, the friend who inspired this challenge, is a longtime vegetarian and all-around bad ass. This seemed to be a fitting way to honor her.

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Essential Thrombocythemia Awareness

Essential Thrombocythemia Awareness