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Saturday, May 12, 2012
THE THIEF OF MANY LIVES ~ Fibromyalgia..... by Kathleen Houghton
I'm constantly on the prowl in search of new victims. I do not
discriminate---health care workers, teachers, students, airline
personnel, teens, moms, dads, and innocent children are my prey. If you
are dynamic and have a lust for life, I will find you.
when you are at the peak of your endeavors, climbing that career ladder
or building your family and home, I will find you. There is nothing that
you have in your life today that I am not capable of destroying
tomorrow, your career, your education, your goals, your dreams, your
family and your life. I will have it all. I will strip you of your
ability to function at any level above minimal, and from this day on you
will refer to that as “a good day.”
I have the ability to
create an invalid out of you overnight, and I will. It will take a
marathon effort for you just to get out of bed. At a cellular level your
immune system will be in a constant war battling itself and unnamed
viruses, which will painfully be replicating in your brain. I promise
you, I will bring you despair along with pain, isolation and losses far beyond what you can ever imagine.
Your mind will be in a constant "fogged" state, your expression will be
unable to express, and your eyes will have a noticeable "glazed
over/drugged out" look. You will find it most difficult to pay
attention, concentrate, or even process the simplest of thoughts. Making
change from a dollar may well be beyond your ability now. Your mouth
may feel like it is full of marbles when you when try to speak, as your
tongue twists and nothing you try to say comes out right. Who would
believe your level of education when you can't even string enough words
together to make a complete sentence or one that makes any sense for
that matter? I promise, I will bring you at any unsuspecting time,
severe abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea along with a host
of gastrointestinal disorders. I will make you weak and lifeless as one
could be without being confirmed dead. You will be housebound or in bed
for several years if not the rest of your life. As part of
incapacitating you, I will make your heart race and your head pound;
your throat will constantly be sore and your lymph glands will swell.
That will all seem trivial after I inflame and spasm muscles throughout
your body. Crushing a grape between your fingers may take too much
energy or be too painful now.
On those nights that I allow you
to sleep, you will awaken drenched with sweat or throbbing with pain.
Perhaps I might even throw in a little seizure activity. On those nights
that I do not allow sleep to occur; I will torture you with thoughts of
death...Not suicide, but death. Simply because you have not come to
realize that this is your new life, and that you are not living. You
will need to re-create your being every day, as every day I will bring
you unpredicted symptoms and suffering.
I have also done a few
things that you may not be aware of yet. I placed some lesions on your
brain (have you noticed how you have difficulty with balance and memory
yet?) and I permanently altered your immune system. I have shorted out
your nervous system so that you have intermittent numbness and tingling,
which might resemble an electrical current zapping you from time. This
is called neuropathy. Nope, it's not curable either!!
have you. I have taken over your body and mind. I have stolen your life
but left you alive, not very functional, but by clinical definition you
are still alive.Your family will not be able to give all the constant
care that you need on a daily basis. As for your friends, well, they're
still on that ladder climbing up. Rest assured, I am looking for them
too. By now, chances are good that most of family and friends have
abandoned you, so you must have learned the definition of isolation.
This newfound isolation will save you from having to explain how sick
you really are to others. They won't understand anyway. Isolation will
save you all that energy.
Your health insurance has already
been or will shortly be discontinued as you lost your job from not being
able to "keep up". Perhaps you got caught dozing off or called in sick
one too many times. Now that you are no longer employable or insurable,
when you seek medial care, any medical professional that figures me out
will diagnose you and say that what you have is presently not curable.
Now it is time for you to seek out medial care, nationally if not
worldwide. However, most so called medial professionals will not even
have the ability to recognize me when they see me, as they have not
learned about me in medical school. So, chances are good that you will
be misdiagnosed. You will give more blood samples and have more
examinations then you ever imagined existed. Then you can take the
results to dozens of doctors in search of a diagnosis. One that is valid
as well as socially and medically acceptable. One that does not label
you as depressed or say that "it's all in your head!!!"
doctors will suggest a vacation, weight loss diet, new or increased love
life, help with the children, or change of scenery as the "cure",
mainly because you may look like the picture of health. This is my mask
of deception. You will pray for a positive word from current research.
Research, which you will soon learn, is quite limited due to lack of
funding and government support. You will learn new vocabulary which
contains words like: T-Cells, Cytokines, Nuclear Antigens, Natural
Killer Cells, Immunoglobulins, Cytomegalovirus, Serotonin, Cerebral
lesions, and Immune Dysfunction are among a few. However the most
important words that you will need to know and fight for are Social
Security Disability and Medicare.
At one point I may give you a
false sense of recovery or remission. Let me assure you, I will be
back, as you are my prisoner and that makes me your keeper. I have
placed the lives of millions of people nationwide in limbo, I continue
to do the same world wide. I would consider this epidemic, wouldn't you?
Eventually I will bring the government, health care workers, and
society to their knees in search of unraveling my complexities, which
are crippling humanity. I leave it up to you, my victims, and your
caretakers, to educate the public and let them know that I am very real
and that you are very sick. Unfortunately, I have been given a totally
ridiculous name, which will make your job even more difficult. Until
that name is changed, I am: