Blog changes

Thanks to everyone who followed Training Because I Can! over the last nine years. This blog started with Addison's Disease, hypothyroidism and a crazy idea of doing an Ironman distance triathlon. My life has changed and so has this blog. I am using this blog strictly for Addison's Support topics from here on out. I hope to continue providing people with hints for living life well with adrenal insufficiency.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Why it might be a good idea to do your own medical research...

I'm still reading Deep Survival, Who Lives, Who Dies and Why by Laurence Gonzales and came across the passage below.  It made me think we might be our own best researcher and advocate because doctors are supposed to be experts and we know so little.

We like to think that education and experience make us more competent, more capable.  But it seems that the opposite is sometimes true..."In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities," and Zen master Shunryu Suzuki.   "In the expert's mind there are few."

Don't hesitate to follow your instincts with regard to your health.  Research all possibilities no matter how obscure.  You deserve to feel well and you can be the driving factor in your treatment and wellness.


Unknown said...

It's a good point but researching Addison's is such a mission! There is so little information that is actually relevant *and* available that I gave up researching that it directly a while ago. Now I'm researching various techniques on getting healthy and ascertaining health levels. This way I always have an excuse to go get a foot massage (reflexology!) :D

Pip said...

Thanks for that Dusty! It's a timely reminder in fact, as I've just made an appointment with my doctor this week to ask to be tested for autoimmune premature ovarian failure. Working on autoimmune number four it seems!

Unknown said...

Meg, have you tried searching Pubmed and MedScape? I've found a lot of good Addison's stuff there. However, any excuse to get a foot massage is a good one...

I did lots of holistic stuff for many years, even had my son at home (on purpose with midwives). Unfortunately, the holistic health care only got me so far. Now I practice a balance of the two.

Any time you're looking for info, let me know, I can find it if it's out there!!

Pip, you're starting a collection of autoimmune diseases. :( I think I'm in the same boat with the ovaries.

Have a great day ladies!