When I needed friends to do guest posts on my blog while I am away Katrina was the first person who came to mind. We have grownup together. She was my childhood best friend in elementary school. We had so many adventures together. As we grew older, Katrina encountered numerous medical struggles. I asked her to share her story with you in case you could benefit from it. Maybe you are going through the same issues, or will find inspiration in her story. I’m proud to share Katrina’s story with you today.
I just want to thank Carol for asking me to write for this blog. If even one person can relate or is saved from going through my experiences then this article has proved its importance.When I was 17 I began to develop the all dreaded cystic acne. Like a lot of adolescent teens, when the scarring began (and my vanity took over) I bolted to the dermatologist for help. I was quickly prescribed the drug Accutane and immediately began my first course of meds, after signing countless disclaimers. Of course the dermatologist informed me that the side effects on these forms were only the worst case scenarios and had to be listed due to protocol. I was assured that I would be fine as long as I followed the directions.
As a usual teen caught up in her own life, I failed to put the pieces together following my second year of Accutane. Why was I so severely bloated after one bite of food? Why was I cramping all of the time? Why couldn’t I go to the bathroom…ever? After countless doctors visits I was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome and lactose intolerance. I was started on laxatives, anti-spasmodics and a diary free diet. Of course to my surprise the symptoms only got worse as the months passed. I was not convinced that I.B.S. was the only answer as to why I could no longer consume wheat, soy, raw vegetables, rice, potatoes….the list goes on! I was poked and prodded from all angles…colonoscopy, endoscopy, biopsy, ultrasounds, celiac testing, hydra scans, barium swallows and numerous blood tests. I had tried every diet, drug and specialist imaginable and all had failed to give me an answer as to why my digestive system had begun to shut down. Of course there were many egotistic doctors who claimed that their anti-depressants would help take the edge off and make me feel better. I’m sure it is much easier to close your eyes and drug the patient when you don’t have an answer or fail to believe what is right in front of you.
At this point in my life (11 years later) my body will only digest plain chicken, eggs, fish and selected vegetables. Once in awhile, as a delicacy, I will be able to indulge in some cooked apples without bloating to the size of a pregnant woman. Forget scanning restaurant menus for options or having some drinks with your friends, unless you take the next day off to suffer the repercussions. I would have to say the worst symptom of all is not being able to go to the bathroom without supplements every day. (Bioxy Cleanse has made a huge difference in my life. Please contact me for more information.) Will my bowels ever work again on their own? No one can give me an answer.
It is now being proven that Accutane does cause I.B.S., Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, bowel inflammation and food sensitivities more than ever thought possible. Some previous users of this drug are now having their bowels removed due to these conditions. Lawsuits are pending in North America with millions in payout for those who have had to endure countless surgeries as a result. The U.S. has come to its senses and has removed Accutane from its’ shelves but there is still a chance you could be prescribed the generic version in Canada. Accutane will not clear your acne for life! Please think twice before putting any medication into your body and never underestimate that you could be one of the “worst case scenarios”.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or to learn how Traditional Chinese Medicine has begun to help me with the healing process.
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