Hi. My name is Sue and I have hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT).
I have been ill for some time now. HHT is a blood vessel disorder. I have spontaneous nosebleeds on a daily basis. It has been corrected in the past. I had dermal septoplasty surgery, which is a microscopic surgery. I had skin grafting done on both sides of my nose, but not at the same time. It did work for two years. I think I am having the same problem at this time.
I also have the HHT in my lungs, which is called HHT in arterovenous malformation (AVM). I have a hard time breathing. At times it is so difficult.
I have had three coils put in my lungs to help me. This is called HHT in AVMs. The coils really helped me. I still have four AVMs in my lungs, but they are too small to see so they are not dangerous to my health at this time.
I had the balloon embolization done also. I receive both blood transfusions and iron transfusions. I am anemic. I really get a lot of medical attention because I have such a rare blood disorder.
I am starting to understand my sickness a lot better than in the past. When I feel sick, I get my blood test to see what is wrong. Or if I need a chest x-ray or a CAT scan with the dye, I get it done.
I learned about my sickness at Yale University in Connecticut. I also belong to the HHT Foundation, which is also in Connecticut. I did get very good help because I actually found where to be helped on the Internet.
I will be once again seeing the ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist who performed my dermal septoplasty surgery about two years ago because I am starting to have repeated spontaneous nosebleeds once again.
I hope I can be of help to anyone who suffers the same sickness as I have. Or if you just want to share some of your stories with me, that will be okay with me.
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