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A Place in the Sun's Laura Hamilton has opened up on the symptoms of her autoimmune disease after sharing her diagnosis in September last year.
At the time, the 39 year old had told her fans she's been living with a rare disorder called Immune thrombocytopenia, which causes excessive bruising and bleeding.
Now, the TV presenter has shared a revealing photo of herself on her social media page, which sees her posing in front of the mirror with her arm up in the air – highlighting the painful-looking bruises.
Laura, who is currently on location in France filming A Place in the Sun, explained in the caption: "This week I might have posted a few photos in pretty dresses, but this is the reality of what is underneath and what you can’t see…"
Detailing what she goes through, the blonde beauty continued: "I have had bruising on my arms and my gums have been bleeding. This is ITP.
"Immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) is an auto immune disorder that can lead to easy or excessive bruising and bleeding. The bleeding results from unusually low levels of platelets – the cells that help blood clot."
The star, who has a stunning family home in Surrey with a swimming pool, later shared the same snap on her Instagram story, over which she wrote: "The reality of what is underneath the pretty dresses… What is ITP? My recent post explains…
"If you are an ITP sufferer my thoughts are with you. Keep positive. Follow your dreams and don't let it hold you back. #itpawareness #itp".
Fans were quick to reply as one person said: "I am also an ITP sufferer, along with other autoimmune diseases. Thank you for sharing and posting about this, in an unusual way it's comforting. X."
"Thank you for sharing and raising awareness. Hope your ok," another said with a red heart emoji.
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While a third added: "Sorry you also have an auto immune disorder [pink heart emoji] I love your ability to stay positive and not allow it to spoil your dreams. Your are a strong lady [strong arm emoji] Keep it that way Laura. xx".
In an interview last year, Laura, who is mum to Rocco, seven, Tahlia, six, told Mirror Online: "When Tahlia was about seven months old, I was due to drive to Portugal to film a fitness app, but a few days before I was due to go I started noticing all this bruising coming out on my legs."
It turned out Laura's platelet count was 23 – a normal platelet count is between 400 and 140 K/uL.
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“The doctor explained that when platelets drop below a certain point, you’re at risk of internal haemorrhaging and bleeding on the brain,” she said.
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