The people who know me well can tell you… I don’t like to talk about my ‘issues’. This will be one of the few posts you will every see that deal directly with my health issues. I don’t like to spend alot of time dwelling on them. David says I ‘sugar coat things’ for the benefit of others. This may be true, but too bad! lol
Anyway, here we go…
At this time I have been diagnosed with the following: Multiple Sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, B12 deficiency, and Hidradenitis Suppurativa.
Fun stuff, right? No. As you can imagine (or maybe you can’t) some days are difficult.
As many of you may know, I had an appointment at the Mayo clinic this week. The doctors determined that I should have surgery for the Hidradenitis Suppurativa. I am in stage 3 of this skin disease. I was expecting this. I was told about 10 years ago that I should have it but at that point I was not ready. At this time I am as ready as I will every be to finally go through with it.
The surgery will involve having large areas of skin removed from my body. For me it will be all of the skin under both of my arms (armpits) and a large section of skin under my chest. The surgeon will remove the skin and will not stitch or graph the skin. It will be left open, so that it will be allowed to heal on its own and hopefully stop the return of HS in those areas. BUT the HS could continue to happen in other areas on my body.
Honestly, I am scared. I am teary just typing this… but I am doing this in hopes that I will no longer have to be in pain daily (as I am right now.)
After surgery, it will take 3 months for the areas to completely heal.
The doctor told me “After surgery it will feel like you made the biggest mistake of your life. But after you heal, you will wish you had done it years ago.”
As far as my other conditions…
Crohn’s is under control.
MS is not being completely controled by my current treatment. I am looking into other options, but right now I don’t have many, because I am allergic to most of the drugs used to treat it.
B12 deficiency is under control.
I am not sure what the point is of spilling all of this information, except to say… people should keep in mind that you don’t always know what other people are struggling with.
My favorite quote is …
“Be kinder than necessary as we are all fighting our own battles” – author unknown
Have a fabulous day! Do the best you can with the hand you have been dealt.