Loneliness SUCKS!!! (Battling a Chronic Illness)

(This is an experience that I thought I share that happened to me last night.) 12/9/2019

Depression is very scary and the most important thing to do, if you feel that this is you, is to seek professional help immediately.

Here, as I do everyday, alone. Sometimes I feel like I’m wasting away with no where to go and no one to share my true feelings with. It’s true that I live in the house with three other family members who I rely for everything. But even though this is true, everyone has their own agendas, their own lives to live. You see there are only a select group of Snowflakes, Spoonies and Warrior’s who understand exactly what we go through each and everyday and night of our lives. And believe you me, it is impossible to make others understand. This goes for immediate and extended family, friends, coworkers as well as the medical community.

My husband works three jobs to keep a roof over our heads and medical insurance to cover my medical care. It’s hard on me to watch him work so hard. He states, “I do it because I love you.” We’ve been together for 33 years and married for 31. Through our love we have three amazingly talented children: one son, two daughters and one beautiful daughter-in-law. I married very well, but it still hurts to see hime work so hard with very little sleep.

For twenty years I have been battling these debilitating diseases and I never once stated or felt that I was depressed. Lately though these feelings have began to surface. With my ability to function and the ability for my physician’s to treat me decreasing at a fast rate; I don’t know or understand how anyone could not feel this way.

I have tried to use my time wisely during the days by delving into studying biblical hebrew and loving my animals, Most of the time that’s not possible because I am so tired or in too much pain. I feel guilty toward The Most High that I let these emotions in. It feels like I am not placing my faith in him or myself for that matter. All those that know me, know that I have always keep my spirits up and prayed up so that I can help myself and help others who need an ear or a shoulder to cry on. Those that suffer with these invisible illnesses that are incurable, having very little research done to find a cure (because there is very little federal funding or help initiated towards it), as well as doctor’s and their medical communities who have little knowledge about them or even the correct way to treat them.

Much of last night I spent trying to remove those emotions from my system. You see, after going to a doctors visit and being told that another major flare up might be occurring or is active at the present, is overwhelming. This means a new regiment of testing and two infusions are in the works. I end up vented to my family and said some things that should have been left unsaid. My emotions were huge and on overdrive. My husband said that, “It was my medications caused my outburst.” My children stated that my reactions and my statements were crazy or wrong. Words were spoken towards me saying, “I never listened to them when I was trying to get my feelings out correctly.” I tried to get them to understand but nothing would come out right. I truly felt very crazy like I was losing my mind.

I wanted to actually stop being, but Yah stepped in and removed those thoughts and emotions from my spirit. I thank Yah for being omnipotent and gracious with me and granting me with an understanding family.

I let myself down last night because depression is not me. I have never let the Devil in my life because I trust the Most High to much. Always have.

I’ve had the best childhood growing up. Coming from a large family with nine siblings (2 brothers died young); 6 girls and 1 brother. I am next to the baby girl, a.k.a. #5 daughter. LOL 😁 Now my parents, grandparents, in-laws and some of my older siblings are all gone now and that is one of the causes for my loneliness. The youngest remain. The only son and the two youngest girls. Wanting to call them, talk to them, hug them and gain more wisdom from them are what I face all the time. My father instilled in me the moral law and the love of Yahuah and I will always treasure that.

I lost a huge part of my life in fighting these illnesses (Sarcoidosis, Fibromyalgia, Dystonia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, etc.) and the lost of my family. But the loneliness never equated depression. Knowing that death is just one part of life.

All in all, I will continue to fight because I have a lot of fightleft in me. But the overall reason for this post is to inform anyone that is in my position; you are not alone. If at anytime you feel like all hope is lost, reach out and talk to someone, meditate or pray, but mostly reach out and talk to someone.

Peace and blessings to you always and forevermore.

I am,

Marilyn

Losing Faith in my Doctors

I haven’t posted on a regular basis due to my several admissions via the ER for debilitating pain and unregulated high blood pressure. My whole body is in pain all the time, but my left side seems to be exacerbated a little more than the rest. From the extreme joint pain to the burning painful sensations in my left arm. And as of last night, my right arm is starting to have the same burning pain as well. I’ve spoken to my doctors about it and they look at me like I am crazy. One doctor went as far as ordering an xray and a vascular ultrasound of my left arm. He stated that the results came back normal. Now all those who battle incurable chronic diseases know that there is nothing normal about us. Also, I still haven’t received an answer about what is causing the pain in my left side, front to back, under the rib cage. My husband and I feel painful nodules in those areas.

I have totally lost faith in the medical community in reference to my care. I go to them for answers and don’t recieved any. The first thing they do is put pain meds in my i.v. So, now I have reached out to the Sarcoidosis clinic in Philadelphia and a group called “The Grand Rounds”, which is a group of doctors from across America for answers. I provided them with access to all of my medical records which included all films. Both have concluded that my medical care here in my state of Delaware has been inconsistent. Testing that should have been done, wasn’t. And the fact that my physician’s were not communicating with each other, my treatments were not cohesive.

So, as you now know, not only were my doctor’s not listening to me, but they were not really treating me as an unique individual that is very sick.

I have been battling my illness’s for almost 19 years and my health has seriously declined in the last two years. I rely on 24hr oxygen support and the use of a walker to get around. I’ve congestive heart failure twice and a series of ischemic stroke’s and a lacunar stroke. I have been diagnosed with steroid induced type 2 diabetes on top of Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid arthritis, Chronic Sarcoidosis, Periphial Neuropathy, anemia and Cushing’s. That’s a lot huh?
I am a person battling several auto immune, debilitating chronic diseases. I am fighting for my life. I am a Warrior.

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RARE DISEASE DAY 2/28/2018

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NORD: The Voice of the Community – February 2018

FEBRUARY 20, 2018

News from NORD and its Member Organizations – February 2018

Find Out What’s Happening in Your State for Rare Disease Day
On February 28th, people around the world will observe Rare Disease Day. To find out what’s happening around the U.S. and in your state, visit the national website hosted by NORD. Events are planned in state legislative buildings in more than 30 states to promote awareness of issues. In addition, special events are taking place on many university campuses and in schools and hospitals. Post your event here and read a state-by-state overview.

Join NORD in Rare Disease Day Tweetchat
You are invited to a tweetchat on Rare Disease Day (Feb. 28th) hosted by NORD, The Mighty and Boston Children’s Hospital to discuss “What to do if You or Your Child Receive a Rare Disease Diagnosis.” Use hashtag #RDD18Chat. The chat runs from 1 to 2 pm ET. NORD will be live-tweeting from @RareDiseases. Co-hosts will be @TheMightySite and @BostonChildrens. Special guests will include Marsha Lanes MS, CGC, Genetic Counselor and Medical Editor on the NORD staff; Phillip L. Pearl MD, Director of Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology at Boston Children’s and Ashanthi De Silva, Rare Disease Editor for The Mighty.

NORD to Partner Again with The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp
Applications are available for a rare disease summer family camp in Connecticut on which NORD is partnering again this year with The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. The camp provides a special opportunity for children and families affected by rare diseases to join together for a weekend of pure fun, free of charge. Family Camp is open to 25 families who are located in the Northeast. It will take place May 31-June 3 in Ashford CT.  Apply here.

Letter to Congress: NORD & Others Oppose “Right to Try”
NORD and 40 other patient organizations and professional societies have sent a letter to the leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives explaining why they oppose “Right to Try” legislation currently being considered by Congress. Signers of the letter include the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, American Lung Association and National Health Council. The organizations say they support patients being given access to unapproved therapies but believe the bills under consideration won’t increase patient access.

“The Ataxian” Documentary to be Available to Public for Download
A documentary film featuring the cross-country bike ride of two young men living with Friedreich’s ataxia, “The Ataxian”, will be screened in Washington DC as part of the Rare Disease Day activities. In addition, it will be available to the public beginning Feb. 26. Kyle Bryant and Sean Baumstark and their team’s legendary bike ride across America are featured in the film. Beginning Feb. 26th, the film will be available on iTunes and other download sites.

NORD Advocates for Iowa Co-pay Choice Bill
NORD has been advocating for the Iowa Co-pay Choice Bill (SSB 3004). This legislation would help with rising out-of-pocket costs. Specifically, SSB 3004 gives choice and co-pay predictability to Iowa families by requiring that insurance providers offer a minimum number of plans that provide a traditional co-pay option, as opposed to co-insurance. NORD will continue to advocate for this legislation throughout February.

NORD Submits Comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
NORD has been, and will continue to be, engaged in a number of activities to protect access to quality healthcare coverage for Medicaid beneficiaries. Most recently, NORD has submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding Kansas’ effort to implement work requirementsla and a lifetime limit in its Medicaid program. Read the comments.

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Abstracts Being Accepted for Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Foundation Symposium
Abstracts are currently being acceptedfor the Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Foundation’s 8th Biennial Scientific and Education Symposium. The meeting will take place June 27-28 in Minneapolis. Attendees include physicians in various clinical disciplines, genetic counselors and research scientists.  The meeting encourages interactions between basic and clinical scientists.

Alpha-1 Foundation Awards John Walsh Translational Research Award
The John W. Walsh Translational Research Award has been granted to Joseph Kaserman MD, instructor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine and a physician in Pulmonary, Allergy, Sleep and Critical Care Medicine at Boston Medical Center. The award was established in memory of John Walsh, co-founder of the foundation who dedicated his life to seeking a cure for alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency. More.

Opioid Epidemic Impacts Patients With Sarcoidosis
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National Tissue Biobank Established for Coats Disease
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MDS Foundation Hosts Family/Caregiver Forums
The MDS Foundation hosts forums at locations around the U.S. for newly diagnosed patients, long-term survivors or caregivers affected by myelodysplastic syndromes. Medical experts present information on treatment options and strategies for living with MDS. View the dates and locations.

One-Day Conference Planned on Effects of Necrotizing Enterocolitis on Premature Infants and Families
The Morgan Leary Vaughn Fund Inc. is hosting a one-day regional conference in Cromwell CT on June 11 on reducing the devastating effects of necrotizing enterocolitis on premature infants and their families. Online registration is open now for “Speaking of NEC: Unplugged.”

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Progeria Research Foundation Scientific Workshop Planned
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Abstracts Being Accepted for Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Foundation Symposium
Abstracts are currently being accepted for the Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Foundation’s 8th Biennial Scientific and Education Symposium. The meeting will take place June 27-28 in Minneapolis. Attendees include physicians in various clinical disciplines, genetic counselors and research scientists.  The meeting encourages interactions between basic and clinical scientists.

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National Tissue Biobank Established for Coats Disease
The Jack McGovern Coats’ Disease Foundation has established a national tissue biobank at the Wilmer Eye Institute of Johns Hopkins Medicine to facilitate research on the causes of, and most effective treatments for, Coats’ disease. This rare disorder affects the retina and has been diagnosed in children as young as four months. More. 

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NORD: The Voice of the Community – February 2018 FEBRUARY 20, 2018 News from NORD and its Member Organizations – February 2018 Find Out What’s Happening in Your State for Rare Disease Day On February 28th, people around the world will observe Rare Disease Day. To find out what’s happening around the U.S. and in your state, visit the national website hosted by NORD. Events are planned in state legislative buildings in more than 30 states to promote awareness of issues. In addition, special events are taking place on many university campuses and in schools and hospitals. Post your event here and read a state-by-state overview.  Join NORD in Rare Disease Day Tweetchat You are invited to a tweetchat on Rare Disease Day (Feb. 28th) hosted by NORD, The Mighty and Boston Children’s Hospital to discuss “What to do if You or Your Child Receive a Rare Disease Diagnosis.” Use hashtag #RDD18Chat. The chat runs from 1 to 2 pm ET. NORD will be live-tweeting from @RareDiseases. Co-hosts will be @TheMightySite and @BostonChildrens. Special guests will include Marsha Lanes MS, CGC, Genetic Counselor and Medical Editor on the NORD staff; Phillip L. Pearl MD, Director of Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology at Boston Children’s and Ashanthi De Silva, Rare Disease Editor for The Mighty. NORD to Partner Again with The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp Applications are available for a rare disease summer family camp in Connecticut on which NORD is partnering again this year with The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. The camp provides a special opportunity for children and families affected by rare diseases to join together for a weekend of pure fun, free of charge. Family Camp is open to 25 families who are located in the Northeast. It will take place May 31-June 3 in Ashford CT.  Apply here. 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NORD: The Voice of the Community – February 2018 FEBRUARY 20, 2018 News from NORD and its Member Organizations – February 2018 Find Out What’s Happening in Your State for Rare Disease Day On February 28th, people around the world will observe Rare Disease Day. To find out what’s happening around the U.S. and in your state, visit the national website hosted by NORD. Events are planned in state legislative buildings in more than 30 states to promote awareness of issues. In addition, special events are taking place on many university campuses and in schools and hospitals. Post your event here and read a state-by-state overview.  Join NORD in Rare Disease Day Tweetchat You are invited to a tweetchat on Rare Disease Day (Feb. 28th) hosted by NORD, The Mighty and Boston Children’s Hospital to discuss “What to do if You or Your Child Receive a Rare Disease Diagnosis.” Use hashtag #RDD18Chat. The chat runs from 1 to 2 pm ET. NORD will be live-tweeting from @RareDiseases. Co-hosts will be @TheMightySite and @BostonChildrens. Special guests will include Marsha Lanes MS, CGC, Genetic Counselor and Medical Editor on the NORD staff; Phillip L. Pearl MD, Director of Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology at Boston Children’s and Ashanthi De Silva, Rare Disease Editor for The Mighty. NORD to Partner Again with The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp Applications are available for a rare disease summer family camp in Connecticut on which NORD is partnering again this year with The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. The camp provides a special opportunity for children and families affected by rare diseases to join together for a weekend of pure fun, free of charge. Family Camp is open to 25 families who are located in the Northeast. It will take place May 31-June 3 in Ashford CT.  Apply here. Letter to Congress: NORD & Others Oppose “Right to Try” NORD and 40 other patient organizations and professional societies have sent a letter to the leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives explaining why they oppose “Right to Try” legislation currently being considered by Congress. Signers of the letter include the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, American Lung Association and National Health Council. The organizations say they support patients being given access to unapproved therapies but believe the bills under consideration won’t increase patient access. “The Ataxian” Documentary to be Available to Public for Download A documentary film featuring the cross-country bike ride of two young men living with Friedreich’s ataxia, “The Ataxian”, will be screened in Washington DC as part of the Rare Disease Day activities. In addition, it will be available to the public beginning Feb. 26. Kyle Bryant and Sean Baumstark and their team’s legendary bike ride across America are featured in the film. Beginning Feb. 26th, the film will be available on iTunes and other download sites. NORD Advocates for Iowa Co-pay Choice Bill NORD has been advocating for the Iowa Co-pay Choice Bill (SSB 3004). This legislation would help with rising out-of-pocket costs. Specifically, SSB 3004 gives choice and co-pay predictability to Iowa families by requiring that insurance providers offer a minimum number of plans that provide a traditional co-pay option, as opposed to co-insurance. NORD will continue to advocate for this legislation throughout February.  NORD Submits Comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services NORD has been, and will continue to be, engaged in a number of activities to protect access to quality healthcare coverage for Medicaid beneficiaries. Most recently, NORD has submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding Kansas’ effort to implement work requirementsla and a lifetime limit in its Medicaid program. Read the comments. NEWS FROM NORD MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS Alagille Syndrome Alliance Offers Scholarship for Students With Alagille Syndrome The ALGSA is again offering the Alaina Kaitlyn Hahn Celebratory Scholarship for students with Alagille syndrome. Applications are being accepted now. The scholarship funds the education of high school graduates or GED credential recipients with ALGS who are enrolled in or entering an accredited U.S. university, college or vocational school and choose to pursue higher education in the human biological, medical or health sciences. Write to alagille[@]alagille[.]org and include AKH Scholarship in the subject line to request application materials. Abstracts Being Accepted for Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Foundation Symposium Abstracts are currently being accepted for the Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Foundation’s 8th Biennial Scientific and Education Symposium. The meeting will take place June 27-28 in Minneapolis. Attendees include physicians in various clinical disciplines, genetic counselors and research scientists.  The meeting encourages interactions between basic and clinical scientists. Alpha-1 Foundation Awards John Walsh Translational Research Award The John W. Walsh Translational Research Award has been granted to Joseph Kaserman MD, instructor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine and a physician in Pulmonary, Allergy, Sleep and Critical Care Medicine at Boston Medical Center. The award was established in memory of John Walsh, co-founder of the foundation who dedicated his life to seeking a cure for alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency. More. Opioid Epidemic Impacts Patients With Sarcoidosis The Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research has issued a press release about a survey on chronic pain, neuropathy and medications for sarcoidosis patients. The survey provides information related to chronic pain experienced by those living with sarcoidosis and the opioid epidemic. Read the press release. National Tissue Biobank Established for Coats Disease The Jack McGovern Coats’ Disease Foundation has established a national tissue biobank at the Wilmer Eye Institute of Johns Hopkins Medicine to facilitate research on the causes of, and most effective treatments for, Coats’ disease. This rare disorder affects the retina and has been diagnosed in children as young as four months. More. MDS Foundation Hosts Family/Caregiver Forums The MDS Foundation hosts forums at locations around the U.S. for newly diagnosed patients, long-term survivors or caregivers affected by myelodysplastic syndromes. Medical experts present information on treatment options and strategies for living with MDS. View the dates and locations. One-Day Conference Planned on Effects of Necrotizing Enterocolitis on Premature Infants and Families The Morgan Leary Vaughn Fund Inc. is hosting a one-day regional conference in Cromwell CT on June 11 on reducing the devastating effects of necrotizing enterocolitis on premature infants and their families. Online registration is open now for “Speaking of NEC: Unplugged.” Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation Plans Conference July 13-15 will be the dates of the biennial conference of the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation. To take place in Baltimore, the program will feature forums with leading experts, practical living advice and research. Progeria Research Foundation Scientific Workshop Planned The 9th International Scientific Workshop of the Progeria Research Foundation will take place September 20-22 in Cambridge MA. 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