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  •  Wonderful plea (23+ / 0-)

    My wife has three autoimmune disorders that are eroding her life before my eyes, so I have some idea of what your wife and you are struggling against.  I also understand the financial strain as my wife's out of pocket medical expenses (with a decent health plan) were nearly $15,000.  Autoimmune disorders have a nasty habit of not falling into some cookie-cutter disease syndrome, which results in difficult to categorize, study, and treat conditions.

    I wish I had helpful suggestions.  At best, I can only relay what has been helpful for my wife.  My wife has managed to completely change her diet, get exercise, and develop a zen-like attitude to deal with stress.  It has helped.  Exercise is very difficult for most of us without autoimmune disorders, but requires unbelievable determination for someone with an autoimmune disorder.  Still, maintaining physical activity is essential.  Buddhism and yoga are also great tools in the arsensal.  Your wife has a great resource in you as her cheerleader in this world determined to destroy her self esteem.

    A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. - Aristotle

    by DWG on Thu Jan 25, 2007 at 10:40:04 PM PST

    •  I can't offer work, but I can offer sympathy. (12+ / 0-)

      My best friend suffers from crushing anxiety and depression.  It's like trying to make your way through life carrying a crushing weight that no one can see, but they can see that you are stooped over and struggling and of course they blame you for it.

      What it all really points to is the way society defines human worth.  That's where the problem is, not with your wife, not with my friend.  Each of us is a miracle in motion, but try to explain that to the many who are preoccupied with finding ways to blame and punish the 'criminal', the 'lazy'. the 'foolish' - anyone who isn't fitting into the holes available.

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