I wish I could say that I had been sick but that was not the case. Had the normal childhood diseases of my generation (mumps, chicken pox, measles) but other than an occasional cold and even rarer virus...nothing. I was 50 before anything really bad and it was bronchitis which I had several times. As it turned out it was related to my seasonal allergies and as soon as I treated them properly I never had it again.
Have tried to find something that could have triggered mctd to no avail. Endured lots of stress of various kinds over an extended period but that was long ago and too distant to be a trigger...at least that is what my doctors believe.
Some cases have a discernible trigger but I can't see mine.
You make a good point about leading a balanced life but I don't think what you describe would trigger your condition....maybe a flare. I ran 2 businesses, traveled 100-200,000 miles a year to Asia, Europe, and Mexico, raised 4 kids, coached almost all their teams, pursued my own athletic interests, ran a ski school in my spare times for a few years, took college classes, ran a trade organization.....well you get the idea. Felt fine all those years. As I got older I rebalanced things as I realized that I was a non renewable resource. Today, I get exhausted just thinking about how much I did for about 20 years.
Today, I much prefer to watch flowers grow and waves crash.
Mixed connective tissue disease (systemic lupus, scleroderma, polymyositis), Raynauds phenomena, Hypertension, Barrett's esophagus.
Meds: prednisone (7mg & tapering), 100mg imuran, lisinopril 40mg, maxide 37.5/25mg, norvasc 5 mg, folic acid, potassium, aciphex 20mg, multi vitamins.
Maintain your optimism and you can beat the odds.
"Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it." Helen Keller