Girl Gets Her First Period, Then Ends Up Bleeding For 5 Years Before Doctors Can Diagnose The Problem
Like most teenage girls, Chloe Christos wondered when she would get her first period. However, what she ended up experiencing was totally unexpected.
Chloe was 14 years old when she got her period for the first time. While most women bleed for a few days, Chloe did not stop bleeding for years.
For a long time, she kept her troubles a secret. She told ABC that she felt "embarrassed to talk about it," even though she suspected that something wasn't right.
Chloe was losing a lot of blood every day, so much so that she developed severe anemia and was barely getting through the day.
Unfortunately, it was not until the age of 19 that she began getting medical intervention. She started by taking iron infusions from this point on, but her blood level was still dangerously low.
After more tests were done, it was discovered that Chloe had a condition known as von Willebrand disease, which is a bleeding disorder that prevented her blood from clotting properly.
Figuring out what was actually wrong with her was only the first step. She had to go through more years of pain and severe bleeding.
Eventually, she was put on a synthetic drug for seven years. Even though it helped, it also caused some side effects which meant she found herself in the emergency room very often.
Chloe did not stop looking for answers. She sought a different treatment plan and soon began taking a blood medication which was usually prescribed to people who had hemophilia. "I had not felt that good in years," she said, describing what it was like taking the drug.
Chloe, now 27, said that, for the first time in 13 years, she now had a regular four to five-day period.
I truly feel so lucky that I have found something that works for me.
Inspired by her battle and journey to find answers, Chloe is now a strong advocate for women with bleeding disorders all over the world. She is raising awareness of her condition and other similar disorders that affect different women.