Posted on behalf of NHF Intern & Victory for Women Community Member: Dejah...
My Story - (8/2/2018)
Hello, I am Taylor Bentley and I live in a small town outside Atlanta. I am 14 and I love to research different bleeding disorders and phenomenons, and I want to be a pediatric hematologist/oncologist. I live with my Mom, Maternal grandmother, Little Sister, and my dog and cat. I currently can't go to brick and mortar public schools, so I go to an online school based here in Georgia. I don't know anyone else with my bleeding disorder within my state, and there is little known about my bleeding disorder, so I don't even know the statistics of people with the bleeding disorder.
My bleeding disorder- My bleeding disorder is called Delta Storage Pool Deficiency which is assumed more rare than afibrinogenemia ( which only 1 in 1 million people have) but I don't really know because my bleeding disorder was only diagnosed around 30-40 years ago.I take the same treatment as someone with von Willebrand disease. Many of the kids at my old school would make fun of me for the little red dots all over my arms and said the were part of ebola or chicken pox. I truthfully didn't know what they were either but I can't remember a time I haven't had them but they get worse as I get older. I finally started to do research last month to find out about purpura and petechiae. My dots are actually petechiae, which are small 2 millimeter dots under the skin where the capillaries in your blood vessels are hemorraging under the skin (It sounds serious but it's harmless) which can appear from injury or just out of no where. While anyone can get petechiae, it's more common in people with bleeding disorders.
The most detrimental experience was my period. I would bleed through 3-4 thick maxi pads and sweatpants and onto furniture in less than 20 minutes. That was my worst experience with this bleeding disorder. My mom kept trying to get my to see the pediatric gynecologist that my pediatrician recommended, but she retired 3 years before, so my mom called many gynecologists in the area to look for endometriosis or other anatomical problems (not knowing I had a bleeding disorder) and no one would see me because I had just turned 11 at the time, Finally, Dr.Huynh of the Gwinnett's women pavillion in Lawrenceville said she would see me. She was very kind and understanding of my situation. She had to do an ultrasound but didn't do any pelvic exams (as I was only 11) and found nothing wrong with my uterus, ovaries, or cervix. She ended up contacting my pediatrician and worked with her to get a referral to the Aflac center in children's healthcare of Atlanta.
I ended up seeing Dr.Tickle, a nurse practitioner, and she decided to run a lab test which looked at my factor levels and said that factors VIII and IX were normal in my results, but my VWF was actually high, so they took me off of my estrogen based birth control pill and put me on a progestin based pill so it wouldn't affect my results. I was retested and my VWF was still high, so I didn't have Hemophilia or VWD.
Next I had a platelet aggregation done twice because the first time my allergy pill had affected the results. My aggregation levels are completely normal. They did a few more tests for different rare clotting deficiencies and other inherited blood problems. Finally, after almost 2 years, I had my blood work sent to the Mayo Clinic in Toledo, which is the only Clinic in the country that can test for my bleeding disorder, and they ran the electron microscope test, which is when they look at my platelet granule levels under the high powered microscope, and my dense granule levels per platelet was around 0.7 - 0.9 per platelet. Most people have 3-8 dense granules, but 6-8 is the average number, so I definitely lack dense granules, so they diagnosed me with Delta Storage Pool Deficiency which is also known as Dense Granule Deficiency.
I haven't had a period in 2 years due to the strong Norethindrone (Progestin) pill my new gynecologist (Dr.Woods of Emory) had put me on because it keeps my body in a pregnancy state. Dr.Woods, who works hand in hand with my Hematologist, has recommended a new form of birth control to lighten bleeding which is an IUD called Kyleena which will keep the progestin localized instead of running through my bloodstream, so my body won't think it's pregnant, and I should have a period for the first 8 months-1 year of having the IUD and then it should stop.
I will post again after I get the procedure done (Hopefully in November) and let y'all know how it goes.