My Life: My Story

  1. Amy Cason says:

    Wow! I had no idea about this last night when we spoke. Praise be to our Lord and Savior. You are a walking testimony to His greatness. Please keep me posted on how you are so I can continue to pray for you.
    It was wonderful meeting you.

  2. Mike Summers says:

    Tina, despite having been there with you for your treatments, the cherished moments of hearing the excitement in your voice when you would IMMEDIATLY call with your platelet results when they were positive, knowing that you have had such a strong faith in God even prior to this illness, and what you have gone through even before this happen makes me So Happy to not only to be able to think of you as a Womam of Faith, a person (who despite the outcome) who would always cherish life to the fullest, as someone who would be a wonderful friend to anyone and the Blessing to be able to call you my daughter.

  3. tricia nugen says:

    What an amazing story and test of faith. Congratulations on and amazing Platelet count! We’ll keep you in our thoughts and prayers!

  4. Audrey says:

    Tina thanks for sharing your story. I’m so glad you’re healed! Awesome news!!

  5. Gramma says:

    Hi Teen Bean,

    I’m not sure if you will get this or not because I don’t know how to use Facebook…..duh, just one part of being old.
    I had NO idea, until I read your story, just what was happening to you. You explained it in language that I could understand. I had no conception of how serious it was. I remember going to the cancer center to see you & you were usually asleep or very groggy. You never mentioned anything after the chemo treatments so I didn’t know how you must have agonized over the future. I am so happy & grateful that you are healed. Most of all, I am very grateful to hear about your astonishing faith in God. HE is always there for us! I love you so much!


  6. Susie DeSha says:

    Bless your heart! I had no idea, you are so strong and amazing. God has granted you this curve ball to see your true strength. Thank you so much for sharing your story. One of my best friends recently did something with the chemo with out having cancer himself. He had to go in every month since he was 4 to get a blood transfusion. After chemo they did a bone marrow transplant and today he nears the end of all of that. With faith and guidance from above we can overcome it all.

  7. Reena says:

    Tina, thank you for sharing your story and I am so happy to hear that you are doing great now! Hugs

  8. Flor Meman says:

    Thanks be to God everything is ok now Tina my feeling you are Blessed . Every moment in my life is to pray all our family, friends and everybody.. Miss you and Cody.God Bless n my love is forever.

  9. Ccourtney Lynn says:

    So proud of you and love how powerful and awesome our God is!!!

  10. Jasmine Jenkins says:

    Tina, I didnt get to learn this much about you, but you are such an amazing person. You light up the room and you’re a joy to be around. I loved being your coworker and I love to continue to get to know you based off your beautiful website. You are a strong, gorgeous woman who has gone through more than I can even wrap my mind around. I love your enthusiasm and sparkle. Don’t ever change, and teach your beautiful daughter what your mother taught you. It seemed to really pay off!

  11. Alan Eidson says:

    Your’s is an amazing story! Thank you for sharing it so eloquently. I too suffered from ITP as a young child.

    At 6 years old, the doctors thought that I had leukemia, but after many tests, including a very invasive bone marrow test taken from my sternum, I was diagnosed with ITP.

    I remember the bone marrow event the most, because an RN friend held my arms back over
    my head while my father held my legs down for the procedure. My father told me that I lifted him off the ground during it all.

    Well, I was treated with some steroids and after getting blood tests for a year or so afterwards, the doctors concluded that seemed to do the trick… but I’m convinced that it was something else.

    You see, my father and mother owned a photography studio, and in the early 1960’s, photography was primarily all in black and white and you did your own film and print processing. Being a family business, everyone piched in. I was really good at print development, so I would spend countless hours in the evening and on weekends developing B&W prints. My father would use the enlarger to expose the photo paper and I would develop, stop, and hypo the prints. We had bamboo and plastic tongs, but realistically, always had to get my hands into the chemicals to separate stuck prints.

    My parents started having troubles when I was about 8, and I didn’t help out in the darkroom much starting then.

    You may be wondering where I’m going with this story…. Well, I never put it all together until many years later, when a friend of mine had started a B&W photography business and, you quessed it, he did his own processing. We were talking one day and he mentioned that he was having blood platelet problems and that he received a diognosis with a very long name. When he started to tell me what it was, I joined in unison with him saying the whole name. idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura.

    Here is where it all fell together for me: Come to find out, my friend’s doctor had several patients that are photographers with ITP; all that do their own processing. The doctor contributed their ITP to the chemicals…especially the developer and hypo as the culprits.

    So I wonder if you also, did your own processing and was exposed to the chemicals associated with that process??

    I’m glad that you are healed of your ITC.

    Best regards,

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