PART ONE -LEE DURMAJ, IMMUNE SYSTEM BREAKDOWN AND RECOVERY
Previously, I published three hubs where Lee discussed her fight with cancer, her seven surgeries, and her decision not to go through radiation or chemo treatment after surgery. Some months after surgery she encountered new health problems, the flue which would not go away, and later her skin dried up and she peeled down to raw flesh all over her body. The doctors could not solve the mystery. Here in two parts is Lee's account of this Immune System breadkdown and how she got through it. This story is mezermizaing and gives the reader great insight into Lee's health problems, her faith and her successful effort to find a cure.
Lee, you have been through so much pain and stress since first being diagnosed with cancer, tell us about this Immune System problem and how you survived it.
Immune System Breakdown after Cancer (Part One)
I had recovered from all the cancer surgery. The season of autumn had begun when I caught the flu. At first it looked none too serious, but it just would not go away. My body was just not coping, five weeks of antibiotics before the infection cleared away. Two months later, all of a sudden something was happening to my body that had never happened before. It started off with a rash on my arms, I went to the doctor, and he gave me some Cortisone cream to use. At first it started to get better, then I noticed the rash was spreading to other parts of my body. I was sent to a Specialist; he took scrapings from my skin and did a biopsy for testing and prescribed more Cortisone cream, different than the one my doctor gave me. I was to come back in two weeks time to see if the rash improved and to get the results from the tests.
Two weeks passed and my skin became worse, clearly the Cortisone cream was not doing what it was suppose to. Now the rash had covered my whole body and it was changing, my skin was becoming very dry and peeling off instead of red like before. The tests showed nothing they could put a name to, so it was given a name, some form of dermatitis. He gave me more of the Cortisone cream and told me to come back in two weeks time. He told me if it does not work we will try something else. Cortisone medication, he suggested. Sorry, I was not about to use Cortisone medication seeing what the cream was doing to my skin.
I ascertained it must have something to do with my immune system. My skin started peeling, ten minutes out of bed and I was crispy bacon, it peeled from head to toe until all you could see was raw flesh. I had every test to find the answer as to what could be causing this and nothing could be identified as the problem. Everything the doctors and specialist tried made the condition worse. Nothing could put the moisture back into my skin; all of their treatments that were tried could not heal my body. I was in terrible pain, bleeding from the raw flesh.
This problem lasted 16 months; I tried different ointments but nothing helped. I was sent for varies tests, no resolution could be found. All I kept thinking was I chose not to have Chemotherapy or Radiation because I did not want to be sick all the time and have my sons watching me die a slow death. Yet here I was in this horrific situation that was no better. I was starting to question, was my life destined to be like this, die a painful death due to some infection? I am a diabetic you see, having open flesh wounds over your body, you risk picking up an infection very easily.
To be continued
By Leokadia Durmaj
Copyright © 7th October 2011