Friday, December 16, 2011

Personal Update: Chronic Illness Escapades


Wow...It's been nearly a week since I have written a blog post. Things have been a little rocky on my end, and I just haven't felt inspired to write. I recently found out that my illness is a lot more serious than we were originally told. We started seeing an internal medicine doctor last month, and he did a million different tests including a sleep study, a nerve shock test, and genetic testing. He discovered that I have a genetic defect called HLA DR3, which is extremely rare. He was actually sort of excited in a weird way and confessed that I was the first patient he has ever seen with this genetic defect. He is planning to send me to a research hospital with a panel of doctors who are interested in studying my case. 


While that might sound exciting, my family & I really are not thrilled about this discovery. This genetic defect causes the early-age on set of 4 different disease, one of which is the thyroid disease I have already been diagnosed with. The other three are a muscle disorder, a liver disease, and a compromised immune system found in aids. Yikes. Everyone in my family is very worried because I already have symptoms from all of the diseases. 
Of course, I'm trying to stay positive about my situation. Now that we know what is wrong, I can receive treatment and start taking medicine to help me feel better. 


I've never really talked about my illness in-depth before. I'm a very private person, and I rarely talk about my personal problems. I also try to keep negative thoughts and vibes away from my blog. I just felt moved to share this news because it's going to be a big part of my life from now on. I have been overwhelmed for the past week, and I feel a million times better after venting a little bit. 

Hope you're doing well, Lovely Friend!

Lots of love & positivity,

10 Quirky Comments:

Olivia Anne Alexia said...

Im sending lots lots lots of positive thoughts your way, Jacque. Keep writing pretty things :)

Mary Has Sound said...

I'm sorry to hear about this, Jacque. :(
You are a very inspiring person and I look forward to your blog posts and your positive vibes. Continue being your colorful/wonderful self.

Jennifer said...

Oh Jacques, I'm sending you all of my sincere and loving thoughts. I'm sure you'll live happily even through this hardship, you are such a wonderful person, you are strong and you deserve the best. I really wish I could do something concrete for you, I feel so far away. :( Take care of yourself and enjoy life to the fullest!


Adriana said...

Lovely Jacque,

I'm so sorry that you've gotten such awful news...I absolutely love your blog and feel as if we're good friends even though we've never met. Your writing has really helped me through a lot of difficult times. I've never commented in the past, but I feel like I should now to let you know that you have a lot more support than you might think. I'll be sending happy and inspiring thoughts your way!

<3 Adriana

Melissa said...

Why... Why... :( This post makes me cry.. :(

Alejandrita said...

Don't worry, you'll get well sooner now you know what is wrong...I'll sent you positive vibes, for sure ^^

Beth said...

I'm so sorry to read this. Stay positive, I'm sending love and positive vibes from England xxx

Isabel said...

Much courage & strength! Stay positive, stay quirky, with all my love and support
Isabel (Belgium)

Miriam Valerie September said...

I'm so sorry to hear this, but I know that an amazing person like you will manage. Stay strong and stay positive.

Jeannette - Crafty Hippo Designs said...

I'm so sorry you had to receive bad news, but I know how good it is to finally have an answer. I hope and pray that their medicines and treatments can make you feel much better soon.

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