Big Daddy and mom x 3 to Big Boy, Chip Chip and Boogies. I can do all things through Christ, french fries, the perfect song and a scenic view. I believe that life is a series of small miracles ... if you look at it with the right perspective.
In September of 2011, I could walk, run, ski, skip and do cartwheels. But all of those abilities were taken away after an unlikely diagnosis of Avascular Necrosis (also known as osteonecrosis or AVN) in my hips and shoulders.
As of today, my case is known as idiopathic, meaning doctors have not been able to figure out what caused me to develop AVN/ON. Personally, I believe that the Mirena IUD, which was inserted in May of 2011 and removed in December of 2011, created a Perfect Storm within my body.
Avascular Necrosis, or bone deterioration from a lack of blood supply, is caused by factors external to the cell or tissue, such as infection, toxins, or trauma. This is in contrast to apoptosis, which is a naturally occurring cause of cellular death.
I was treated with three core decompression surgeries: one for each hip and another for my right shoulder.
I spent several months in a wheelchair. Just one week after taking my first steps since my surgeries and starting gait training (aka: learning to walk again), my left lip collapsed and I had a hip replacement. I recovered using crutches, a walker and a cane. I am finally back on my feet, without an aide.
In addition to living with AVN/ON, my blood tests revealed that I developed Sjogren's Syndrome (Autoimmune Disease), and that I have a clotting disorder. I also developed Hypoglycemia and tested positive for ANA with elevated ESR (indicating an Autoimmune "issue").
BUT despite it all, I'm absolutely in love with my crazy/beautiful life. I am surrounded by an amazing family, and friends who are there through thick and thin. There is NEVER a dull moment, and I wouldn't have it any other way.
I enjoy sharing my adventures through recovery with my cast of characters! I hope you will stay tuned for more, and thanks for visiting!
For my all encompassing 2012: Year in Review, please visit [2012: Year In Review].
For a quick timeline of my diagnosis and treatments, please read [Then & Now].
For an explanation of why I believe Mirena IUD triggered my health issues, please read [The Perfect Storm].