This Is Getting Too Close To Home

In less than a week, confirmed COVID-19 (Coronavirus) went from hundreds of miles away to 40 miles away to 5 miles away from my home. I fall into the vulnerable population because of my heart and lung conditions, and so I am being extra cautious. I have had bad flus before and recovered so I…

Six Word Story Saturday: “Friends”

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Second Look Sunday: For My Cousin

Originally Posted May 22, 2013 As a boy, my favorite cousin, Fay, was about 20 years older than me and she was fun. She had three children around my age that I played with frequently. The middle child, Stacy, was exactly like Fay in every way and we got along great despite she being a…

The Weekend Revisit Of: Gazing Into Truth

I look at the white framed image of the man in front of me, his face revealing nothing of what really lies with in his soul, except his eyes. The eyes tell it all, their perfect brown circles staring out, trying to express neutrality, but can’t. They express the true meaning of the man, his…

Wednesday Words Of Wisdom: Ending Misery

All too often you hear people bitch and moan about their life. No one can ever make you do anything. You always have the option to refuse. You may probably lose your job or your partner but you will keep your integrity. Rather than be miserable, find the joy and love in your job, your…

This Church’s Nativity Depicts The Holy Family Separated At The Border

“Claremont United Methodist Church transformed its Christmas nativity scene into a powerful statement about family separation by caging their figures of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph and releasing a theological statement on the United States’ treatment of refugees. ” — Read on mashable.com/article/claremont-umc-nativity-scene-family-separation/

Sarcoidosis May Be Treated with Mycophenolate Mofetil, Small Study Says

Given its good safety profile and lack of lung toxicity, some sarcoidosis patients have been successfully treated with MMF as a corticosteroid-sparing agent when needed.  — Read on sarcoidosisnews.com/2019/10/07/mycophenolate-mofetil-may-be-effective-as-alternative-sarcoidosis-treatment-small-study-suggests/

Sarcoidosis and Mental Health – Sarcoidosis UK

Mental health includes your emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how you think, feel and act and so helps determine how you handle everything life throws at you, good and bad. Mental health doesn’t always stay the same and can change as circumstances change through different stages of your life. If you experience mental…

The Importance of Boosting the Immune System – Sarcoidosis News

The immune system removes toxins from the body, staves off infections, and helps in the fight against illness. For someone with a chronic health condition, the immune system is already compromised and working overtime. Thus, boosting the immune system is especially important during cold and flu season — Read on sarcoidosisnews.com/2019/09/25/immune-system-boost-natural-remedies-lifestyle/

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…

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…

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…

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…