Both my parents have auto-immune illnesses. I understand how hard it is. My dad Conrad Bullard has lupus.His father had rheumatoid and they think possiblyMessage 1 of 8 , Nov 1, 2007View Source
Both my parents have auto-immune illnesses. I understand how hard it is. My dad Conrad Bullard has lupus.His father had rheumatoid and they think possibly lupus (he died in 1963)
Sorry for your struggles and hopefully the sun will shine brigher for you.
--- On Wed, 10/31/07, Carol J. Hull <carolhull1@...> wrote:
From: Carol J. Hull <carolhull1@...>
Subject: [BULLARD] Re:Family Health History - Do you know your AQ?
Date: Wednesday, October 31, 2007, 7:43 AM
I found your post about autoimmune disorders very interesting. Although
I don't know of any other family members who have been specifically
diagnosed with autoimmune disorders, I have been diagnosed with three:
Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sjogren's syndrome, and antiphospholipid antibody
syndrome. (The last two fall under the "umbrella" of lupus.) I'm sure
that I have had these disorders for much longer, but I only began
noticing symptoms in my late 30s. Two years ago was the first time my
rheumatologist found any damage from the RA; until then, the only
medication he had me taking was baby aspirin for the antiphospholipid
antibody syndrome. Now I also take Plaquinil, which is supposedly
effective for all three conditions, but also has its own scary side
effect possibilities. Luckily, other than frequent fatigue, the
disorders haven't disrupted my lifestyle too much.
I knew that the RA was probably genetic, because 8 years ago when the
rheumatologist first ran blood tests, he said I tested positive for the
"rheumatoid factor", although at that time there was no evidence of any
RA damage. I've always assumed that the lupus-type disorders were flukes
of nature. If any others in my family had them, it was apparently not
very severe, because my people seem to live long lives.
Speaking of long lives, my 80-year-old father, Royce Bullard
(William>Nathan> Nathan>NAH> Andy) is dying of lung cancer. I had hoped
that he would escape lung cancer, even though he was a smoker for over 60
years, but it finally caught up with him. We first learned of the spots
on his lungs last spring, and now the cancer has spread. At this point,
the only thing that can be done is to try to make him as comfortable as
possible. Mom is no longer able to take care of him at home, so he is in
a nearby nursing home. He is not doing well, and it is a very difficult
thing for me to watch him slowly slipping away from us.
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