Why

I’m not sure how to write this, but I know that is something I need to do without overwhelming myself in the process. I don’t know how the story ends, but there is a lot of useful information in the telling of the story to this point. I live with two incurable illnesses—two auto-immune diseases to be more precise. I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 1991 and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) in 2012. I have a background in science which made me question, “Why two? Why another one now?” I know. I’m odd. It was an excited and inquisitive voice shouting, “This is SO cool, there’s got to be a connection!!” not a depressed, whimper. I don’t do the depressed whimper very well. My quest for the answer to that question has led me down a path I never envisioned and didn’t believe I could or would embrace. I begin this blog because I wish I had known this information when I was initially diagnosed with MS so I might have altered the course of that disease. I have successfully altered the course of the RA by following this path, and I notice changes in the MS, but I can’t help but wonder if the damage from 20+ years of MS is going to be too much to overcome. I guess we’ll see because I’m certainly not changing my behavior or approach now. I will remain positive. After all, when I was first diagnosed with MS, the belief was that remyelination was impossible. That is no longer true. In short, who knows what IS possible?

My background in science tells me that, “It isn’t science until it’s published,” hence, I know it can’t help others until it is available to read. This story will not be told in chronological order. It’s possible there won’t be order to it at all but only what happens to amuse me or interest me at the time of writing. Some of the topics will include: MS, RA, paleo diet, WalkAide, functional medicine, Betaseron, BG-12 (Tecfidera), mobility, travel, supplements.

My purpose is to help others make their own decisions using this information. This is my experience; everybody is different. Your experience with similar situations may be different. I encourage everyone to do their own “experiment”. Mine is still ongoing.

I welcome comments and questions.

4 thoughts on “Why

  1. You are so very welcome. If I am able to help just one person, it is worth it. Suffering is definitely over-rated. 🙂

  2. Greetings from Canada… Found your blog today via Twitter and have bookmarked to follow it! Am interested in learning more about the use of real food as medicine and am encouraged when anyone living with MS and/or RA reports measurable benefits from Paleo / Keto / Primal way of eating. cheers 🙂

    • Hi Barb,
      With functional medicine and paleo I was RA-symptom-free within 6 months. See this post http://incurablyrude.com/?p=757 with specific hyperlinks, or you may poke at the “cloud” if you want more info. MS is getting better with time, as well. It had many more years to do damage so I expect it to take a bit longer for my body to recover. 🙂
      Any questions? Ask away!
      Best to you,
      Tracie

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