Guest Blog Post #2: Symptoms by Amber

I sat near a lovely woman who has half Chinese and Hawaiian during a dinner this week. She had a neat silver ring on her finger.

I said, “I love your ring. It has an interesting swirly pattern to it.” She laughed and said, “Yes. I love it.” “Me too,” I said. “I’m Buddhist and it reminds me of the nature of the universe. It’s like a Fibonacci pattern.”

We spoke about her work in diversity, her future and her family. “Yeah, everything’s wonderful, but my daughter-in law is very sick. She’s been disabled for many years and is only 37. She has a brain tumor in her pituitary,” she said. I could see in her face that she was in pain and didn’t know how to help her.

I told her that people are in your life for a reason. Maybe, I sat next to her during dinner, so I could share my life lessons. You see, I told her, “When I got sick in 2006, they hadn’t even identified my disease as a real disease. Medicine had not identified it until 2008. Most doctors had never even heard of my disease. I was also like your daughter in-law. They thought I had a pituitary tumor too.”

She was shocked. I shared with her a list of my symptoms and that many doctors also thought I had a brain tumor in my pituitary. I said, “Do some of these symptoms sound like what she has?” “Yes,” she said tearfully.

So, what are the symptoms?

Classic symptoms include heat intolerance, flushing face, red or mottled hands, sleep disturbances, gaining/losing weight, tingling in extremities, shakiness, hormone imbalances, fainting upon standing, GI problems, and pain throughout the body. To name a few.

What#! Or, as I like to say in polite company, “WT*!”

I would explain the science behind the disease but that would take me days. Suffice it to say that one of your nervous systems is in dis -ease. Thereby, affecting all the other systems that usually work in tandem with your body’s systems for optimum success.

Ever wonder, “How do my eyes dilate? How do my blood vessels constrict? I wonder how the blood goes to my head when I stand up? Doesn’t gravity affect it? Why don’t I quit breathing when I sleep?”

There is a system in our body that is ensuring everything is running continuously. Yep, that’s it. It is what your autonomic nervous system runs.

To understand the autonomic nervous system, think AUTOMATIC.

It’s not your brain or central nervous system. It’s the nervous system that runs things automatically, so you don’t have to think about it.

And, that’s what’s wrong with me. Like I said in my previous blog, this is an unknown world – for scientists and the medical profession. They know what the autonomic nervous system is, but they don’t know how it works. If they knew how it worked, they could affect the system. So, it seems normal that it would take me 10 years to figure out what was wrong with me.

Cause I’m so special.

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