The dormant disease awakes….


This disease laid dormant for years, waiting.  Just like a seed waiting to grow when the conditions are right for life.  For years, it was there without my knowledge, without my permission.

I got married young and had two kids.  Things didn’t work out so we got divorced.  I found the love of my life and got re-married, my girls grew up and became beautiful young ladies.  Still it laid dormant

The infamous question “where do you want to be in 10 years”?  I was were I wanted to be.  I finished my masters degree, enjoyed my job and life was perfect.  Soon things would change and be totally out of my control…

My symptoms began gradual at first, Raynauds, arthritis and very painful joints.  Odd I thought, but most people have these symptoms so I ignored it.  The pain got worse but still no name to what it was.

When my fingers became tight and they began to curve in, I knew something wasn’t right. I could no longer straighten my fingers nor make a fist.  The disease was no longer dormant but now very active.  This stubborn disease that plagued me and has taken control now had a name…diffuse systemic scleroderma.

Although there is no cure, I will once again make it dormant.  Like the water at Lake Mead, it waits for the answer for the deficient water level.  I will wait for the answer for the cure for a deficient autoimmune disease.


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