"My first thought was he must be low on iron[so much bruising], I called his Pediatrician and was told to come in for some blood work, ok no big deal... well, it turned out it was a big deal! Steven was diagnosed with ITP."
In the first 2 years of being diagnosed, Steven had been dubbed, 'bubble boy.' Normal platelet counts range anywhere from 250,000-350,000 and he lived within the 10,000 range for quite some time. Steadily his platelets rose on their own and he now lives steadily at 95,000. He still has Chronic ITP but can play certain sports and enjoy being a kid. Steven's favorite sport is basketball but he really wishes he could play football like his brother. Unfortunately the hard contact sports are still a no-go for him.
The BDFW has helped Steven tremendously build confidence and make life long friendships with other kids who have bleeding disorders. He has enjoyed events through Backpacks and Bleeders and Camp I-Vy. Overall, Steven is thriving with his bleeding disorder and rocking life!