STIGMA-buster Alison Smith serves up a Sherrin-style dessert for Red Cake Day. Ms Smith has been turning the community red for haemophilia and blood disorder awareness in what she says are both misunderstood conditions.
Her father and son both have haemophilia, an inherited blood disorder in which the blood doesn’t clot properly. The condition predominantly affects males.
“It’s always been really tough for my son and much more community education is needed,” Ms Smith said.
More than 2,800 people are living with haemophilia in Australia. Low clotting can create bleeding episodes, mostly internal and into joints or muscles. Bleeds can be spontaneous or from injury. If left unchecked, this can result in pain and swelling.
This week is Bleeding Disorders Awareness Week.
- More: haemophilia.org.au
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