Joined 12 years ago from Illinois
On Instagram? Follow me on Instagram at sharpharmade!
Most people doesn't know this about me ... what I have gone through. However, first, just to make it clear, and to let everyone know; "I AM STILL STANDING!" Anyway, about the year 2000, I was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease; in fact, a disease that I, until then, I never, even, heard of. I, now, have a Small Online Craft Business (My Business Blog: https://sharpharmade.wordpress.com/ )
It is amazing how one's insight into things, that they, at one time, didn't give much thought to, changes, when their life is affected, by specific turn of events. I was diagnosed with Sarcoid, or Sarcoidosis, around 2000. Sarcoid is an Auto-Immune Disease, than can attack different parts of your body. About 90 percent attack the lungs; the other 10 percent, different organs, etc. Mine attacked my Central Nervous System (CNS), the worst place for it to attack. The Medical Community does not have any answers, as to what causes it; all they try to do, is to suppress it, through different medications, usually steroids. Sarcoid is considered, like a sister, to other auto-immune diseases, like Lupus.
Anyway, I am following my passion, Arts and Crafts, where I my own online Small Craft Businesses; Bear "Heart" Bottoms, Etc. aka sharpharmade ... all sites can be found by googling sharpharmade .
I, also, have a FB Page https://www.facebook.com/Autoimmune.Disorder.Craftee.Prodigies . I started this Page, in an attempt to explain what I went, or am going, through, trying to discuss my thoughts (as I am, usually, a very private person), etc. I am hoping that, gradually, others, that have gone, or are going through similar experiences, join the Page; where they are free to use it as an outlet, also; or to share, or give tips. My business FB Page is https://www.facebook.com/BearyAmazing . My other Blog is http://www.bearheartbottomsetc.biz/
Oh, and me ... well, I seem to be one of the lucky ones; as far as the Sarcoid.
There is a positive ending, to my story ... 'ME,' I suffered 4 strokes, and a Heart Attack, due to this Sarcoid (that I never heard of, until I was diagnosed with it), and I am still standing! My Doctor's are always saying, one cannot, just, look at me, and know this (unless I tell them). My Doctors (and the Medical Community, see me as one of their miracles (knock on wood)! I do not feel as if I would have beat the 'monsters in my life', during this time, as much as I have, without all of the organizations that stepped in, to assist me, physically, and mentally. I want to give back! I want others to 'believe' that they, too, can beat whatever, 'illness', etc., has invaded, and disrupted, their life! I thank everyone, again, for the inspiration, that people are, continuously, passing on to me! Currently, so many ideas are flying through my mind; that, even, I am having a hard time keeping up, with them; as to what I want to do, now! lol" L8r!
So, thankfully, these days I am, blogging, and diligently, working on my blogs, and online businesses. I am somewhat enjoying life, again. I feel blessed, that after everything; that I can still follow, and practice, my passions ... writing, and my crafts. I, also, look upon life, differently, now. DO NOT TAKE LIFE FOR GRANTED! Live each day to its fullest! Enjoy it!
2014 UPDATE; In May, 2014, I have my greatest test, yet ... I have been diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Please read my Hub ... http://nigelsr.hubpages.com/hub/NigelSrs-Breast-Cancer-Journey
**September 14, 2020 Update (for anyone wondering): As of July 9, 2016, I AM a six year Breast Cancer Survivor.**
AND ... I HAVE HAIR, AGAIN!
Thanks! #Peace Out, and Lots of Bear Luv and Bear Hugz, to all Visitors, Readers, and Followers!
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