I felt that way too for a while, like "well, I can just eat light and go a few more times a day", but toward the end, I was basically not eating for a day to make it through working in the mornings. I also have to factor in how much time I was spending, between preparing crazy foods and trying diets/supplments, to going to doctor appointments. I was going to various doctors quite frequently between the tests and treatments... I was also spending A LOT on this stuff. I hit my max out of pocket every year. The real clincher for me was the prednisone. I had gained weight and I was unhappy with my appearance, plus, it has long-term consequences. When I was finally off it, I promised myself never again - and I knew surgery was the only want to potentially avoid it forever.
I have to say, I don't appreciate eating whatever I want as much as I should. It's like I completely forgot I lived all those years without any "bad" foods, and bad was everything, from coffee to beans, to chocolate, to dairy. It was literally whatever I irrationally thought was bad that day, or week, or year. I went 10 years thinking the food was problematic. Never did any diet do much, unless I avoided food entirely.
Take it easy and see how you do. Maybe you will be 100% in a few weeks and stay that way forever with xeljanz. Maybe you will be one of the lucky ones where the diet suddenly becomes the magic bullet, you never know... Maybe another drug or clinical trial will come along and you will have it in you to give it another 6 months to a year of trying. Just don't give up 8 years like I did. It was at such a bad time for me too. I definitely would have advanced much further in my career if I were able to be more present.
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