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mis·take [mi-steyk] Show IPA noun, verb, mis·took, mis·tak·en, mis·tak·ing. noun 1. an error in action, calculation, opinion, or judgment caused by poor reasoning, carelessness, insufficient knowledge, etc. This is the definition according to Mistakes are part of being human.  Because we have the ability to reason, thus we have the ability to do so poorly.  … Continue reading

Pregnancy And Disease

Should someone with a rare disease even consider trying to get pregnant?  That was a question I asked myself shortly after my Churg Strauss diagnosis.  Healthy or not, a lot of people don’t even think about the consequences of pregnancy.  I have always been one to think things over and plan and prepare when I … Continue reading

My Journey Down the Yellow Brick Road

Until today, I didn’t really have a way to describe what I went through after diagnosis, but after I thought about it, the Wizard of Oz came to mind for some reason.  This story may have a different meaning for you, but when I think about it today, I can relate it to my journey … Continue reading


The story of my diagnosis seems so long ago.  It happened about a week before Thanksgiving in 2009.  I had an appointment with my new asthma doctor.  I had seen him at least once, and I think this was my second or third visit.  I know that I was going to see him because my … Continue reading

I’m Sure Everything Will Be Just Fine

Returning from our commercial break, we now continue the story of the girl with mysterious symptoms. Again, I have a hard time recalling the exact sequence of events, but at some point I started having aches and pains that I never had before.  (I’ll reiterate, sometimes your body is trying to tell you there is … Continue reading

What’s That Smell?

Continuing with my story…This isn’t really an incident, per say, that has to do with my diagnosis, but there is some correlation. My asthma was continuing to get worse, but in addition, my nasal allergies (allergic rhinitis) were also getting worse.  Something I haven’t mentioned in any previous posts is that for quite some years … Continue reading

Lady Luck Is On My Side…Or Is She?

Let me start off by saying, “I am lucky!”  That’s the best way I can explain my situation leading up to diagnosis.  Maybe I had some divine intervention, maybe I just made the right choices at the right time, or maybe it was just pure luck!  Based on stories about years of suffering that I … Continue reading

Will this be my last breath?

My asthma symptoms began long before I started having Churg Strauss related symptoms, but there is a correlation since the number one criteria for diagnosing Churg Strauss is asthma. I can’t remember exactly how old I was, maybe around 10 or 12, when I realized something wasn’t right.  On more than one occasion I was … Continue reading