For Kansas City resident Twanna Green, feeling exhausted had become part of everyday life. Wherever the 25-year-old went, the burden of fatigue followed – and it often carried the agony of pounding headaches with it. The condition would often escalate to a degree so severe she could barely focus at work, walk for long distances or even conduct routine tasks such as walking up a flight of stairs. “It got so bad, I couldn't even brush my teeth in the morning without having to sit down,” Green said. “But I just tried to put it out of my mind.”
Somehow Green managed to cope with the nagging symptoms for several months until the pain and fatigue simply became too much to handle. After meeting with her primary care physician, it was discovered that Green's symptoms were the result of low hemoglobin – a vital component in the production of red blood cells.
To avoid more serious health effects, Green's doctor gave her two options for immediate treatment: receive a blood transfusion or undergo iron infusion therapy.
Somewhat unnerved by the idea of a blood transfusion, infusion therapy was the only conceivable option for Green. And there was only one source her doctor recommended – Saint Luke's Blood Management Program.