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Bruce, Caroline

All Caught Up

We had a bit of a situation at work here. We were given the afternoon of Christmas Eve off, which is of course fine and good. Then about a month before Christmas, it may well have coincided with when I was in Milwaukee, we got this e-mail saying that our office will be closed for the morning, too, and we will be required to make up that time before the end of March. No choice in the matter, only a month's notice. Anyway, this lunch hour I finally made up the rest of the time, so I've got that monkey off my back.

So now I'm sitting here reading this Choice Theory book. Someone tried to tell me about twelve years ago that all arthritis was due to bitterness. Now I know where he and his wife got this idea from, because what this Choice Theory books says is much along the same lines. This doctor contends that autoimmune diseases are "our creativity responding destructively to difficulty in our lives". I try to examine this in the framework of my dad, who died of an abominably horible autoimmune disease called Wegener's Granulomatosis. It just doesn't compute with what this Dr. Glasser is contending. I doubt that Dad would have agreed either. I miss him.

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I am going to disagree with that book. My daughter came down with an auto-immune disease called Henoch-Schonlein Purpura Syndrome when she was 4. Hardly a difficult time in her life. She's fine now, and made a full recovery, but you cannot convince me that it was something she brought on herself.
Thank you. I didn't think I was going to be alone on this one.
I just love these idiots who try to say that bad and horrible things that happen to us are our own fault. I'd like to see some of them really go through something. WhileI do think there are a lot of diseases that are exaserbated by stress, I don't cotton to this whole notion that if we're just happy and positive and choose not to deal think about what is happening to our bodies, those warning systems that are probably trying to tell us to slow down or those other things that just devour a person, we'll be well. It's silliness.

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Wegener's disease

I am a Wegener's patient and can tell you I did not bring this on myself. I have a wonderfull life, even with this disease. However, stress factors do contribute to flare ups of the disease but are not an actual cause of the disease.

Re: Wegener's disease

I'm truly glad you are able to continue to enjoy life even with the disease. My dad maintained a positive outlook right until the end, though unfortunately in his case he was diagnosed too late.