My health definitely took a dive after my youngest was born in May 2012. I thought the cause was all gynaecological, as I’ve suffered a lot with what are known as “women’s problems” most of my life.Mainly I’ve been feeling incredibly tired and having what I thought were asthma attacks. I’ve since been told it was likely I was dealing with a burst cyst and partial lung collapse. For 22 years I’ve thought that I had asthma, but my specialist thinks otherwise. I suffer with chest pain, especially when lying on my side. This started during my pregnancy, so I thought it had something to do with that. I get pins and needles in my hands when I get shortness of breath. This started after the birth of my third baby. I figured that I had something wrong with my menstrual cycle as my symptoms are definitely more present during ovulation and menstruation. I could definitely sense something wasn’t right. Well-meaning people kept saying, ‘of course you feel that way – you have three little ones and work part time’, but it felt different. I knew it was not just exhaustion. I knew it was something else.
A recent CT scan of my abdomen revealed the bottom of my lungs. The radiologist took one look at the scan and sent me to a LAM specialist at St John of God, Subiaco. He confirmed that I have a mild case of lymphangioleiomyomatosis. It’s good to have a diagnosis. It’s good that my case is light. Now all I can think of is raising money for research to find effective treatments and a cure for LAM!
Please don’t be sad for me. My life has been a tough one but a beautiful one so far. With every trial I have been given, I have received 1,000 blessings and for that I am eternally grateful. We are all given opportunities to make this world a better place and this is mine now. My mum was born in Portugal. A very strong Catholic, she often says to us “Que Deus Queseri” – “God’s will be done” in Portuguese. I strongly believe that having faith doesn’t make you immune to sickness, disease, accidents etc… but faith gives me the strength and the courage to turn the negative into a positive – to use my experience to help others.