Faces of GT

Meet some of the faces of GT from around the world

Cassandra Peel

Tucson, Arizona

Hi, everyone! I’m Cassandra, and I am very thankful to have found such an amazing community in the GT family. I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY where I was diagnosed with Glanzmann’s Thrombasthenia at Weill Cornell Medical Center…

Md. Kaium Ali Jibon


Hi, my name is Md. Kaium Ali and my nickname is Jibon. I live in Bangladesh with my family. I noticed this website from the Facebook GT support group. I am not good at English, so if I make mistakes…

Dan Beyer

Detroit, Michigan

Hi. My name is Daniel Beyer, but my friends call me Dan. As a child, I spent half of my life in the hospital until about the age of twelve. From twelve to my mid-thirties, I did not have many…

Karen “Kaytee”


My story is long but since I am one of the oldest diagnosed Glanzmann’s Thrombasthenia patients in the United States. I must be upfront that my history is not a nice one, but I have learned in life, everyone’s life…

Sherry Crutchfield

Fernandina Beach, Florida

Hi my name is Sherry Crutchfield, my husband and I live in Fernandina Beach Fl. I am a 54 years old with GT. I have never known anyone but me with this disorder until I found this curegt site of…


I was born in 1944 and named for the great Joy that my parents were feeling. Five years earlier they had lost their first son to what doctors put down to haemophilia. He died as a result of having undergone…

Denise Kurta

Near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

One day I was on the internet and I came upon the GT web site. When I looked at a group picture on the site I gasped, I could tell who had GT from the tell tale bruises they had….

Amelie Iavicoli

Amelie was born on November 13, 2012 at 11:12 in the evening. She weighed just over 7 pounds and was considered a healthy newborn, aside from a couple purplish spots on her chest. She established her personality from the start,…

Sandra Fox


MY GT JOURNEY. I am now 74 years old and living in Australia. This meant I had a long time, 64 years actually till I was diagnosed with GT. Until then I was “just one of those women who bleed”….

Peter Zdziarski

Massachusetts - pzdziarski@curegt.org

Below is an update to Peter’s story, originally written by his mom when he was 14 years old. You can find his original story at the bottom of this page. Update – 2020 Hi everyone, I’ve come a long way…

Michela Golia

Salve, sono una donna di 51 anni con tromboastenia di glanzmann. Ho avuto la diagnosi a 6 anni, dopo la morte di mio fratello maggiore che aveva la mia stessa patologia ma scambiavano per emofilia. L’infanzia abbastanza tranquilla con vari…


Naples, Italy

Sono Anna e questa è la storia di Vincenzo un ragazzo GT , nato il 12 dicembre del 2005 a Napoli in Italia. Alla nascita dopo un lungo travaglio Vincenzo è nato con un parto naturale , senza complicazioni, presentava…


My name is Yosra but I’m known as Tanja in the Group. I’m 24 years old! I’ve been diagnosed with Glanzmann’s when I was 6 Months. Since my illness is hereditary, my older cousin has the Glanzmann’s so my mom…


Dezirya Merritt was born in Sept 2000 on her expected due date and i was all so happy I had finally gotten a girl. I had three boys prior. Well the doctor noticed she was jaundice and ordered the special…


Hello! I am Emily, a 25-year-old with Glanzmann’s Thrombasthenia. My journey with GT started when I was only a few hours old. I developed purple marks (later found to be bruises) all over my body. The doctors and nurses referred…


Toledo, Ohio

Hi, my name is Jyll and I was born March 24, 1973 in Toledo, Ohio. I was so glad to have found this website through Kaytee, one of my GT sisters because I’m not alone anymore! When I was born…


August of 2006 was a month we were waiting for with a great deal of excitement. It would be the month of the birth of our first daughter, Luisa. After some complications and 14 hours of labor, Luisa came to…

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