Laura Hamilton thanks friend and colleague Jasmine Harman
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Laura Hamilton, 40, took to Instagram to share a body awareness post as she addressed her health diagnosis. The Channel 4 favourite talked about living with an autoimmune disease.
The on-screen star admitted that she often has to try and hide bruises caused by the illness.
She also said that she often “pushes herself too hard” and needs to “try and keep as positive as possible”.
The property expert told her 163,000: “If you have been watching my Instagram Stories you’re probably thinking it’s been a little bit hectic.
“Because it has been. I’ve gone from relaxation to 150mph in the last 24 hours. I enjoyed a spa break with my mum – which was a birthday present – for my 40th birthday.
“I then came straight back to the rebuild which is my house project. It’s the house I’ve built and designed over the last nine months, I’m nearing being able to move in, which is fantastic.
“I posted a picture on my wall earlier today and I wasn’t sure how it was going to go.
“It was literally to generate awareness about body confidence. While I’ve had some lovely compliments, I just want to show you something else that is important to me, and that is Immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP).
In the follow up clip, Laura shared a video of her legs full of bruises as she spoke of living with the condition for the past seven years.
The Channel 4 presenter explained she often suffers from flare ups when she is under stress.
She captioned the clip: “So this is ITP… it is an autoimmune disease that I’ve had for the last seven years.
“I have flare ups when I’m stressed. If you are an ITP sufferer don’t let it get you down.
“For me it is easy to hide and I know that is not the case for everyone.”
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Speaking to the camera, she said: “So there you go, my legs are currently covered in bruises. I’m fine though although a bit stressed.”
She went on: “Clearly I’m about stressed with the house build. I just want to say anyone who has ITP it doesn’t have to stop you living and if you want to reach out to me, and if I can help in anyway, please send me a message.
“ITP is not a well known disease – it’s an autoimmune disease – something a few members of my family suffer with.
“I just wanted to put it out there and raise some awareness.”
Immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) is a bleeding disorder in which the immune system destroys platelets, which are necessary for normal blood clotting.
People with the disease have too few platelets in the blood.
ITP occurs when certain immune system cells produce antibodies against platelets.
Platelets help your blood clot by clumping together to plug small holes in damaged blood vessels and the condition is known to affect women more than men, according to the NHS.
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