Hello! My name is Laura, and welcome to The Senior Life – 50 and Beyond!
I am a 57-year-old woman, happily married to my best friend. Married 31 years, together 34. And together we have 3 grown daughters. My husband and I are adjusting to being “empty nesters”, & have really begun to enjoy ourselves.
We currently live in Indiana, but 3 years ago we bought some land, and a fixer-upper, in Florida. And we work on that when we can. Between my husband still working, & me unable to health-wise, it’s finding the time and the money to work on our home. But we are in no big rush, it will eventually be where we’ll retire.
A BIT ABOUT MY STORY
What brought us to Florida, was my father. His health is not good, and he was living with a family that was taking advantage of him. Both financially and physically. My husband and I quickly put a stop to that.
At first, I was staying in our fixer-upper. Trying to get settled, something I’ve not had to do in over 25 years. For the most part, it was relatively easy. Getting my driver’s license switched over. Turning on utilities in my name. That sort of thing.
Then came trying to find doctors. Sadly, that was one disaster after another. I did not find ONE doctor that wanted to treat me as a patient, but more like a $ sign. It truly was frustrating.
I suffer from Psoriatic Arthritis and deal with a lot of pain. When I finally was able to get to a doctor that referred me to a pain clinic, things only became more difficult. My pain doctor would write me prescriptions, but getting them filled was a huge challenge. At times, I was made to feel as if I was a criminal. I did not abuse my pain medicines, never sold them, or gave them away, yet I was treated as if I had. Between the pain, and being treated the way I was, I started feeling so defeated.
THEN I DID RESEARCH
I not only felt defeated but I also felt helpless. If I couldn’t get medical help from the medical community, then where?? Yup, you guessed it. The internet! Thank goodness for the internet, right?
I spent months and months researching. Read through many books. Then books, I started, but didn’t finish cause they were misguided or misleading or downright UNTRUE! I even joined a Facebook group to learn everything I could about my condition, Psoriatic Arthritis.
Close to 40 million people in the US alone, suffer from some form of arthritis. And a quarter of a million of those, are children.
As for Psoratic arthritis, this disease affects 125 million people, worldwide!! WORLDWIDE!!!
Many of us that suffer from PsA (Psoriatic Arthritis), also suffer from Psoriasis–a skin disorder.
With the overuse of opioids in our society, many of us are left having to get through the day, in pain! I do not mean an achy pain, or a minor discomfort, I mean real pain. CHRONIC PAIN!! The kind one can have, that doesn’t have to move to feel it. You’re living in misery, and that in itself is depressing. If you came to my page and suffer from PsA, or any kind of arthritis for that matter, well I don’t have to go into specifics on how it makes you feel, I’m sure you are well aware.
MY QUALITY OF LIFE
In my research, I found that many causes of my pain were due to inflammation. I found ways to improve my quality of life, my inflammation, and yes–my pain!! I did this all without any opioids. In fact, with no help from the medical community at all. No doctors, no prescriptions, no being made to feel as if I’m the bad one cause I suffer from chronic pain.
And believe me when I say this was very liberating for me. I finally took back the control of the treatment of my own pain, for the first time in over 20 years!!!!
I take no quick fix pills. No magic solutions. No magic cure. But a better quality of life, for me.
Founder of The Senior Life – 50 and Beyond