by CK Dillon · Filed Under: African American Baby Boomer Wellness
Revenge? . . . Nah! Just Triumph!
I hadn’t taken the Prednisone a whole week before things were looking up. One month later at doc’s office, he told me his research showed Sarcoidosis may eventually go into remission, I’d just have to wait it out.
I had gained back the 35 pounds and then some. I was a bit overweight, plump even, and loving it.
Eighty milligrams of Prednisone a day causes that effect.
Doc asked, “Are you feeling pretty much normal now?” I said, “Not quite like my old self just yet doc, but I’ll take ‘new normal’ any day.” Doc was happy.
My complexion was back, the crack rumors had ceased, I enjoyed the last laugh on the naysayers, some of whom would still occasionally avoid eye contact, when we met in the hall or the elevator.
Best of all the constant pain was gone and I was back in the gym.
I had found out who my real friends were, eliminated the fakes, and I was happy.
Her smile eased its way back onto my wife’s face and her worries vanished.
We were Happy!
Fast forward 15 years and even though I know it’s there lurking, I can’t realistically say I’ve experienced a serious symptom in over 12 years. I like to think it has been in remission.
Sarcoidosis is a serious disease that doesn’t discriminate.
- I’m an African American male.
- I’ve had Sarcoidosis for fifteen years.
- Initially I was afraid, now I’m educated on the disease.
- I’m not lazy.
- I know who my real friends are.
- For this moment I thank God my Sarcoidosis is in remission.
- I feel like all African Americans should get tested for Sarcoidosis if they have any of the symptoms.
As they say in my part of the country, “I’ve been Blessed.” I’m one of the lucky Sarcoidosis survivors.
I hope if you, or anyone you know has the symptoms, you’ll join me in getting tested and having loved ones do the same. Sarcoidosis is a very serious disease, but with diligence and a little pro-activity, it can be managed and . . .
That’s my story. Hope it helps.
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