While I've not had a chance to blog in recent months with all the changes in my life I thought I would start a new one here. I no longer use old Blogger site, but it's there for the nostalgia of days past.
I've also had some changes to my health in terms of finding a new treatment for the severe asthma I've lived with for over 25 years. A battle to breathe that I will not give up on.
My life thus far has been full of family, art, life, death and wake up calls to everything from politics and the daily events that keep us on our toes, wanting more out of our experiences. Not more in a greedy way but more in the sense that I want to glean as much as I can. Life lessons that will make me a better person, more capable of understanding the world and people around me.
In regards to my health I am just very grateful to have stumbled upon a procedure that will change my life. A procedure that I found completely by chance ... a serendipitous find. I was cruising Pinterest looking for a lung diagram for a reference to use in a painting. It just happened that the one I found had a live link that took me to BT Therapy (Bronchial Thermoplasty). God knows I wasn't searching for a revolutionary treatment for severe asthma or maybe He did know and led me to this site through Pinterest of all things. How crazy is that?
I investigated the procedure and found that a doctor in my medical group actually performs the treatment and not only that, but he trains other doctors in the procedure. I reached out to him and the rest is history. I've had to wait a couple years to get it, due to my insurance not wanting to cover it. But after two years of fighting them on it and even taking my case to the state levels, they finally changed their policy to cover this innovative life saving treatment.
I cried every time I received a decline letter from them, but didn't give up. I continued to appeal each rejection. Needless to say it was finally approved and I have now undergone the first phase of the procedure and will have the second procedure this coming Friday. There are 3 in total. I already feel a difference in my breathing, my voice is stronger, and I can climb stairs, walk to and from my car without having to puff on my inhaler. So I know that when I'm finished with the 3 procedures I will be breathing so much better than I have in 25 years. I have so much to be grateful for and to look forward to. Simple things that most take for granted. Like laughing and allowing myself to get excited and not suppress my emotions. Laughing hard for asthmatics triggers coughing fits that then turn into full on asthma attacks. So yes! more laughter, more excitement and more enjoying life and actually allowing myself to feel and react to the good, funny and bad that life brings my way. Here's to feeling more alive than ever.
I am sharing the link here for anyone you may know that lives with severe uncontrolled asthma. A procedure that significantly improves quality of life for those who live with this disease.
I hope to continue blogging and sharing life along the way as I know that 2017 will be a great year. Here's to family, life, health and art!