A lot of different diseases manifest
themselves in ways that the health
care system will pretty much just
brush you off saying they know
better. What did it take for you to
keep pushing through to get the
answers you were looking for?
I was being given placebos, and the
doctor told my husband at the time
that I should see a psychiatrist
because I was convinced that there
was something wrong with me.
Then I happened to meet Dr. Georgie
who has since passed on. She
had seen it before. She had
actually been the one, I think, who
had diagnosed JFK. So, as soon as I
told her that I had a kidney removed
when I was in my teens, she said,
“Did they take out the adrenal
gland?” And I said, “Well, I have no
idea.” But she ordered all
these tests and within four days,
there was the diagnosis. Not only
that, as soon as I was on cortisone,
there was an immediate difference.
I mean, I was back to feeling normal
again. I remember when I first went
in there, she said, “So, you feel
sick?” I said, “No, I do not
feel sick. I just do not feel
well.” She said, “Then
something is wrong. Let us
find out what it is.”
I think reading your book, and
reading about what you have been
through, that there is definitely a
message for people not to think,
“This is it. I am in this
life. I am dealing with this.
I am suffering and there is nothing
before, there is nothing after, and
there is nothing I can do about it.”
You are talking about the feeling of
helplessness. That is difficult.
But look, you can only take one day
at a time. I find caregivers
are very reluctant to ask for help.
But I think sometimes you just have
to reach out and say, “Look, I
really need a day off. Can you
possibly take care of my
responsibilities for an afternoon?”
or something along those lines
because you have to fill the well.
Would you have one piece of advice
that you would like to leave with
I would stress that life is eternal,
that love never dies.