Carol Berger

My name is Carol Berger and I was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis in 2004. For awhile I didn’t try any treatments because I didn’t want to admit I was in any kind of pain, that I was too young for something like this. From 2005 thru 2009 I was also diagnosed with Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia and Meniere’s Disease. I also have developed Asthma that my Pulmonary Specialist has indicated is due to my autoimmune conditions.
I received Remicade treatments from 2007 to 2010. In 2009 I learned the wife of a very close friend had Rheumatoid Arthritis as well and had undergone Remicade infusions for many years. In 2009 she was also diagnosed with a rare Bile Duct cancer and passed away in 2010. Through my connection and encouragement with her about our similar treatments and conditions I changed Rheumatologists, have been placed on a different treatment plan and in 2010 was able to run in 3 5k’s. I have unfortunately slipped backwards a little, however have begun to regain my energy levels and forge forward and am now able to go to the local YMCA almost everyday and am on the way to starting running again.
The words “I can’t” are not allowed in my vocabulary. If I have a rough day…I just try again the next day…
Thank you for the opportunity to share my story
Pennsylvania United States of America

2 Responses to “Carol Berger”

  1. Dear Carol,
    Thank you so much for sharing your story with us. I have two words that do not exist in my vocabulary. Can’t and If…Best to you.
    Sincerely Cookie

    That reminded me of a quote… If you think you Can’t or if you think you Can… you are right.

  2. Hi Carol,
    I have just read your story and it reminds me of how I used to be. Until i pushed myself so hard and ignored my symptoms that i just couldn’t any more. I have also recently been diagnosed with crohns colitis. I ignored the symptoms of that also for far to long until they kicked me in the butt. Thanks for your story. Face 552 – Julia

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