Invisible Illness – Hemotomawhatsis?

Being Lydia!

michelenman

My husband has a much more difficult time with his invisible illnesses than I do, mainly because his are less known and definitely more misunderstood.

The one we are mostly dealing with at present is hemotomachrosis. The Mayo Clinic defines it as:

Hereditary hemochromatosis (he-moe-kroe-muh-TOE-sis) causes your body to absorb too much iron from the food you eat. Excess iron is stored in your organs, especially your liver, heart and pancreas. Too much iron can lead to life-threatening conditions, such as liver disease, heart problems and diabetes.

The genes that cause hemochromatosis are inherited, but only a minority of people who have the genes ever develop serious problems. Signs and symptoms of hereditary hemochromatosis usually appear in midlife.

Treatment includes regularly removing blood from your body. Because much of the body’s iron is contained in red blood cells, this treatment lowers iron levels.

My hubby’s cousin was the first in…

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