Pajama Day 2013
The Team at Wild Mountain – The North Face Store – Red Deer – have rallied together to raise awareness. Pajama Day gets bigger and more support at it’s 2nd annual event. Have a read…
Why are we in our PJ’s on PJ Day? We’re in our PJ’s because autoimmunity is a nasty disease. We’re not lazy. We’re not just tired and have decided to stay in bed. Many of us are fighting to stay alive. Many have no energy because our bodies are waging war on us from the inside, and sometimes there is such a limited supply of energy, a shower seems like an insurmountable effort. Symptoms wax and wane – if you’re lucky, but there are so many that are not that lucky and can be stuck in ‘acute’ state for weeks, months or years. Autoimmunity is not a pretty picture. It sucks frankly. It also sucks because the medical profession can do very little to help us get out of the hole. For many, if not most of the diseases on the list (http://findthecommonthread.com/list-of-ai-diseases-and-disorders/) there is no cure. The only thing we can do is treat symptoms, and suppress the immune system by giving the patient nasty drugs like chemotherapy – sometimes for life. Chemo is not fun. It renders the user very vulnerable to the everyday bugs that are floating in every enclosed environment we experience. We need to change things, and I know that the person who comes up with a cure for autoimmunity will be up for a Nobel Prize. This will change things like nothing else in the last 100 years of medicine.
Well, you’ve seen above the list of autoimmune diseases, and what they all have in common is that our immune system has gone haywire. Its job in a normal situation is to distinguish between the self and the non-self and attack the latter. That would be bacteria, virus, parasites… anything in the body that you didn’t originally come with. In autoimmunity it attacks the ‘self’. What is different between the different autoimmune diseases is where within the body this erroneous attack is occurring. MS (Multiple Sclerosis) is when the immune system attacks the myelin sheath, RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) is when the immune system attacks joints, other types of Arthritis the immune system attacks not just bone, but ligaments and tendons as well, Vasculitis is an attack on blood vessels, Eczema is an attack on skin cells, and on and on and on it goes. What a lot of people don’t understand is that a large percentage of these diseases also work in a systemic way, attacking the whole system – which is why it is so hard to get a diagnosis in the early stages. Symptoms tend to be transient and variable, so by the time you get to the doctor for the thing that’s been bugging you, it is no longer bugging you and now you have a different issue, which will be different tomorrow, or the next day.
Autoimmunity is serious, serious business. Those who are trapped in its web suffer greatly. Their families suffer even more. Our society suffers because of autoimmunity, yet we never hear it mentioned as a group anywhere. When we see the common thread and thus the cure for autoimmunity, we will not only help those directly affected by it, but also our health care system.