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Re: Bluedog(Hemochromatosis)

Posted by Jaynee on December 6, 2002, at 17:29:59

In reply to Re: Bluedog(Hemochromatosis) Jaynee, posted by bluedog on December 6, 2002, at 3:33:56

I am glad to hear you will ask about Hemochromatosis and get tested. I had to get the genetic test to get a confirmation on the diagnosis. Hemochromatosis is not something to be scarred about, the only scary part is not knowing you have it, or being mis-diagnosed with something else. If you have it, all you have to do is get rid of the iron by phlebotomies, which means every week for about 6 months to a year you have to take out about a bag worth of blood(500ml). Even when I was anemic, I felt way better than when I had too much iron in my body. Anemia was no be deal for me. Hemochromatosis is very treatable and preventable. Since being de-ironed, now all I have to do is donate blood about once or twice a year. So by saving myself, I am saving someone else, pretty cool.

Good Luck and if you have any more questions just ask.


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