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Yearly Archive: 2021

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Just A Bruise?

The HOC nursing team often hears from patients struggling to tell the difference between a bruise and a bleed that might require treatment. It’s true that people without bleeding disorders can bruise easily and have raised, painful bruises. So, when should you be concerned as a patient? Whenever you notice a bruise, it is important to assess it. 1) What color is it? (Red, Purple, Yellow, Etc.) 2) Is it flat or raised? 3) Is it warm/hot to the touch […]

June- Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT) Awareness Month

HOC is excited to announce that we are now serving a new population within the bleeding disorders community. And June is HHT Awareness Month! Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT) or Osler-Weber-Rendu disorder is a genetic disorder in which blood vessels don’t form properly. Typically, blood is pumped out of a person’s heart into arteries to travel to the rest of the body. This blood then passes through capillaries and into veins to be returned to the heart. People with HHT may […]

Foam Rolling by Shanie Williams

Foam rolling is a type of self massage (myofascial release) that uses a device to provide direct compression that helps release tension in the muscles, relieve muscle soreness and improve flexibility and range of motion. There are three main types of foam rollers: smoother, trigger point and vibrating. A smooth roller is usually gentle and works better if you’re newer to self myofascial release. But even if you opt for a “softer” smoother roller, there will still be some discomfort […]

Women Can Bleed Too

Before I became a patient of HOC, I thought I knew a lot about hemophilia.  I have a brother and extended family that suffer with the bleeding disorder.  It broke my heart to see my brother suffer with the effects.  I was always told that females could not have hemophilia.  This was presented as a fact which I never questioned. As a result of this belief, I went my entire life into adulthood undiagnosed and untreated myself.  I lived with […]

May-Mental Health Awareness Month by Joe Hoelscher

May is Mental Health Awareness Month which serves as a reminder of how important it is to take care of your mental health. For anyone suffering from anxiety, depression, substance abuse, or just general stress or worry, it is OKAY to seek support. Seeking help for emotional or psychological challenges is nothing to be ashamed of. Taking care of your mental health is crucial, especially as we continue to navigate the different stages of the pandemic. For those that don’t […]

“Just a Carrier” by Jenna

My name is Jenna Stadler. I am a carrier of Hemophilia A. As a child, I always knew it was a potential that I was a carrier of a bleeding disorder because my mother’s biological father was a severe A hemophiliac and my mother was a carrier. However, it really never affected my family because my parents had three daughters. We never really talked about hemophilia. When I became pregnant with my first son, my mother had brought it up […]

Mom to Mom by Jenna

Dear Moms of Children with Bleeding Disorders, My name is Jenna Stadler. I am a mom to two little boys (ages 2 & 4) with Severe Hemophilia A. I have been going to the Hemophilia Outreach Center since October 2016 when my oldest son was born. I recently attended my first Mom-to-Mom event in November of 2020. After attending my first event, Erica (Program Coordinator at the Hemophilia Outreach Center) reached out to me asking if I would be willing […]