I came across an interesting blog about World Hemophilia Day (WHD) which was April 17th, 2017. It’s an interesting read, and fairly simple, one every woman should know about for inspiration, albeit short. You can check it out here.
The focus of 2017’s WHD was to help spread awareness about bleeding disorders. One topic focused on women. Yes, women can actually have hemophilia – although most are asymptomatic and mostly carry the genes and pass it on to their sons.
With bleeding disorders, it’s difficult for blood to clot properly, which makes it dangerous if untreated. Most people don’t realize that small cuts are often the least of the worries a person with hemophilia (or the parent of a young child with it). The disease untreated, can seriously affect joints if they are continually the site of internal bleeding.
I don’t know how familiar people are with bleeding disorders. I guess some people have heard of them, but I’d say the average person is not keenly aware. Which makes me wonder and sympathize for little kids and teens, going to school and having to deal with the frustrations of being teased, being prevented from gym class and other physical activities. It makes it hard for kids… to be kids!
Kudos to the organizers of WHD for helping to spread awareness. And kudos for the bloggers who’ve been so tirelessly trying to help out too!