Exercise Is My Double Edged Sword

It sounds counterintuitive, but when you have heart failure you still need to exercise that muscle. No matter what, it is a muscle and not giving it a workout will only end up with it getting weaker. I have always been a very active person, hiking, bike riding etc. I still like to keep active…

The Weekend Revisit of: “The Prednisone Demon Revisited”

I wrote about him before, singing my song of impatience with he that causes the impatience, being angry with he that causes the anger. Yes, my old nemesis, the Prednisone Demon. He has been in my life for six years now, sometimes being a strong influence and at times, just sitting in the background, waiting….

Wednesday Words Of Wisdom: Loneliness

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Sometimes Frustration Cancels Out Positivity, But Just Briefly

No matter how positive you are about life, there are times when that positivity gets thrown out the window and replaced by unadulterated frustration, especially when living with a chronic illness like sarcoidosis. If you follow my blog you know that I am an anomaly, and doctors have no explanation as to how I am…

The Weekend Revisit Of: “Count Your Blessings”

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If You Are Not Racist Then Why Bring Up Race?

People love to proudly announce they are not racist, and in their heads, they are in no way racist, yet those same people will tell you a story about an incident they had with a person and if they are not the same race as themselves, they will more than likely mention the other person’s…

Diagnosis and Treatment of Neurosarcoidosis

Neurosarcoidosis is not as prevalent as the pulmonary form and affects approximately 5-10% of people diagnosed. Any part of the nervous system can be affected including the brain, spinal cord, meninges, peripheral nerves, and cranial nerves. The most common presentation is cranial neuropathy with the facial nerves most frequently involved. Approximately 50-70% of people diagnosed with neurosarcoidosis…

Lyrics To Live By: Learn To Love Yourself

In 1971 as a nine year old boy, I heard this angelic voice on the TV and later learned it was Olivia Newton John. For the past 48 years I have listened to her music through good times and bad and is by far my favorite artists of all time. This song, “Learn To Love…

9/11. Always Remember

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Equine Sarcoidosis? Yep, There Really Is Such A Thing

You really do learn something new everyday. I just heard for the first time about Equine Sarcoidosis. Sarcoids are the most common cutaneous skin tumor of horses that come in various forms with varying degrees of virulence. Read more at okfronline.com/2019/09/equine-sarcoids/ ©️2019 Basil Rene. All Rights Reserved

Sarcoidosis – Symptoms And Causes – Mayo Clinic

The cause of sarcoidosis is unknown, but experts think it results from the body’s immune system responding to an unknown substance. Some research suggests that infectious agents, chemicals, dust and a potential abnormal reaction to the body’s own proteins (self-proteins) could be responsible for the formation of granulomas in people who are genetically predisposed. There…

Dealing With … People

In general, I dislike crowds of people. I prefer to take my vacation after summer when kids are back in school and vacation spots are quiet. I just spent some time in a beach town that is considered the playground for the ultra wealthy. I am very sensitive to rude, discourteous, ill mannered and obnoxious people…

A Beautiful Message From A Friend

For people that live with and love their four legged friends as if they were human, we all know how hard it is when they pass on. Honestly, it is almost always unbearable. Yet, we continue to bring those beautiful dogs, cats, birds etc. into our lives knowing full well that we will more than…

Walking Towards Hope – Filter Me, Please!

There is an upcoming walk for autoimmune diseases in NYC. Read more about it at “Filter Me Please”. Before I was diagnosed, I had no idea what an autoimmune disease was, how one got one or how devastating living with one could be. For me, I’ve had 40 procedures; that’s nearly as [many] as the…

Photo Essay: A Walk Through Caramour

My wife and I went for a walk through an empty Caramour Center For The Performing Arts in Katonah, NY. It was a beautiful day and we were the only ones there. Walking in nature is by far one of the best health revivers there is for me. To be just out there, connected to…

The Weekend Revisit Of: “Happy Birthday Buddy”

Buddy is five today! Five years ago, buddy entered my world and changed it forever. Of course buddy was never planned for. How do you plan for someone like Buddy? I still remember the emotions I felt the day before I got buddy. I knew that the next day nothing I did would ever be…