Recovery from Rheumatoid Arthritis
Who am I?
- A 43 year old male
- College educated - undergraduate degrees in
business and computer science and an MBA
- Project manager for a worldwide insurance company. I travel out of state a couple of times a month in a consulting role.
- An independent person who was taught
by his parents to think for himself
- Prior to arthritis I had been very active
physically all my life. Earned 7 letters in 3 sports in high
school. Ran marathons and 10k races for years. Still played competitive
basketball at age 39. I value the way my body functions very highly.
- Someone who lived
for almost 40 years trusting that my doctor knew
best how to keep me healthy. Unfortunately for me, I found out the
hard way that this was NOT
I quickly came to realize how
little I (or my doctor) really knew about how to take
care of myself in order to prevent illness and disease.
Prior to October of 1997 I knew almost
nothing about alternative medicine. I assumed it was some herbs
and a few other things like meditation and acupuncture were of little
value to me.
Why have I created this website?
- When my arthritis was active,
I was humbled in many ways. I experienced far more pain in that period
(it didn't seem short at the time) than I had in my entire life.
- I learned what it was like to be stared at
because of my then ackward gait, pitied on the street, and to have
women open doors for me as I had very limited ability to perform
this seemingly minor task. As someone who had always prided
himself on his physical condition, I saw my ability to care and provide for my
family evaporating before my eyes.
- I am very fortunate to be pain-free and all but
symptom-free at this point. My intention is to give information in
a rational manner to those who will listen with an open mind about how
this has happened and show where they can learn more about the
approach I have taken and the actions they can take to help themselves.
I would like to see others benefit from my experience.