I am so glad to hear that you passed a major step towards your master's degree. It is great that you were able to accomplish such an impressive goal while battling non-stop pain and continuous health set backs. As a fellow pain sufferer, I know that you must have had to work twice as hard as the other students to meet your accomplishments. It is so hard to study, read, research and write when pain has the best of you. We are all proud of you.
Dx: Rare rapidly progressing neurodegenerative disease called Multiple System Atrophy (brain rot, autonomic system failure, neuropathic pain and a whole lot more). Added improvements: Intrathecal pump, spinal cord stimulator, oxygen and a nice shiny power wheelchair with a horn and all the trimmings! At this rate I could almost be bionic by Christnas.
Medications: Sinemet, Requip, Klonopin, Baclofen, Provigil, Lyrica, Cymbalta, Fentanyl patches, Dilaudid, Fentora/Actiq, Zofran
(The cost of these meds are unbelievable and could feed a starving nation for a month or longer!)
Words that soak into your ears are whispered...not yelled. Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God......