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I am Cured

I went to my Infection Disease doctor today and my titers came back zero again for the several-th time in a row and thye doctor is proclaiming me CURED of the coccidiomycosis.

He is taking me OFF the Diflucan AND the Acyclovir completely and will re-test me in 2 months to see how the titers are then and if they are still zero, will agree that I am, indeed, cured completely and only need to be re-tested once a year. The only time I need to be worried about re-occurence is if I have lung surgery or if there is a dramatic earthquake or a fire like we had before - just like the rest of the population.

I sobbed with joy at the news!

I can hardly stand with the joy of being able to see my future of life ahead of me with life. I am cured of cocci (see how I lower-case it now?) and found the thyroid issue that has already changed my life in just a week's time - 2007 is going to be the most amazing year of all.

I have new clients coming to me in droves. I am schedule to see Alaska on a paddle boat in for 12 days in September. I am down 30 pounds since starting the Topamax. Fruit continues being much more delicious than chocolate. I vow to quit using the handicap placard and use regular parking spaces unless safety is a real issue. I will ride my bike again before my birthday in March. I will find a tutor for my photography. I will get my eyes fixed so I don't have to wear glasses anymore. I will get my skin cut off so I can wear real clothes without a pannus and flapping skin.

I can see an entire life unfolding in front of me today that I couldn't see a week ago.

I am cured.

And I am alive.

I am alive!

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Reader Comments (13)

Congrats, that's great news! When in March is your birthday? I'm a late Feb Pisces babe myself.

December 28, 2006 | Unregistered CommentercreepyUCmama

Rarely has my heart literally skipped a beat.

Blessed news indeed!

(Now, don't forget to schedule a trip to da swamps to see us).

December 28, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterNOLABarb

That's so amazing! It's like a re-birth. How wonderful to read such happy things.


December 28, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterElisabeth

How wonderful - I am smiling widely for you at this moment!

December 29, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterSarahthedoula


We are happy that you finaly have resolution! In the end, it might have been the drugs themselves that were causing most of your problems. After all, prescription drugs are the third leading cause of death in America!


Bo & Patti Lora

December 29, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterBo & Patti Lora

Bo & Patti,

While I wholeheartedly disagree that the medications were making me ill, I appreciate your congratulations. I was so near death until the azoles I was taking and had meningitis every 6 weeks until I began taking daily Acyclovir -when I had zero meningitis again. That's proof enough for me that the medications worked to save my life. You may not believe it... and don't have to... but I do.

And now, I get to move on, free of the cocci and with a diagnosis of a thyroid condition that I probably have had since I was 6 years old. My life is new and fresh and I am alive!

I am thrilled and excited and can't wait to see and play with the grandchildren I never thought I would be able to see.

And, fwiw, it was surely the thyroid condition that was killing me at the wedding. I am angry (momentarily) about that... but pressing on and determined to not allow it to fester. Moving on and finding joy.

Always pressing onward and finding joy!

December 29, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterNavelgazing Midwife

Matzel Tov!

what a wonderful gift for the new year!

December 29, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterOpening Pandora

Blessings Blessings! What a great way to move into the new year. May you continue to have such a well lighted path!

December 30, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterGillian (midwife)

Maybe it is my prementrual (or pre-finding-out-I'm-pregnant) status, but this made me cry!!!

It is so beautiful to see a woman of light recover her hope!!! You are a constant inspiration to me and I love you from afar. :)



December 30, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterRedspiral

Your renewed health is a blessing to the world. Your light will continue to shine and that benefits all around you. Congratulations for finding your way through the thick forest of decisions, dis-ease, medications, judgements and all else that was thrown your way. You took it all head on, never shying away or turning back. Your strength continues to be an inspiration. Thank you for sharing your journey with us.

December 30, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Aaah! A VERY happy New Year to you! Great news.

December 31, 2006 | Unregistered Commentercooler*doula


I'm sooooo happy for you, Barb! I can't imagine what a weight you must have felt lifting from your shoulders.

So, when's the trip to Disneyland to celebrate? ;)

January 3, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterKya Rose

Oh my gosh, Barb! How did I miss this entry?? I am SO thrilled for you! I imagine you must be feeling much like I did when I got a completely clear ultrasound of my leg (no clots, for the first time in years!) and was allowed to stop the Coumadin.

Congratulations! It's so wonderful to see you finally able to break free of all the things that have been weighing you down and truly live. LIVE, my friend, cause you deserve it.

January 13, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterShylah

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