I just want to set the record straight. Mariel’s illness was not caused by any virus or something like it . It’s not something she caught in our recent trip abroad or acquired thru something she did or did not do. It’s not SARS, Bird Flu, not even TB. Mariel was healthier than just about most of us until something probably triggered the chain of events in her system.
I’ve been told that Connective Tissue Disease is simply her OWN antibodies deciding to stage a mutiny. The very same antibodies which are present in ALL of us, suddenly deciding to attack the very same person it was meant to protect. In this case, the love of my life, Mariel.
It’s a cruel disease because it gave no real warning. Unfortunately, its also something Medical Science has not really found a true “cure” for at the moment. At best, Medicine can just try to mitigate or slow down its harmful symptoms. I beg doctors who may be reading this to please jump in and enlighten us all on this dark, treacherous disease.
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I have heard that this is a terrible disease, and I’m so sorry that Mariel (and you) went through this. There’s just no sense to it. And to be struck down like that with so much living yet to do. I’m so sorry.
Thank you for sharing the beautiful love that you shared with your wife. I also share her illness, having undifferentiated connective tissue disorder with CREST and Raynauds. My doctors have little, if nothing to offer, with my prayer being that generations to come will be offered far more than is here for us today. I pray for your emotional healing and that smiles from wonderful times shared will ultimately replace tears of loss.