So yesterday (really 4:00 this morning), I had been creating my first two posts on this blog. And, I got curious…
SIDE NOTE: Two things you will learn about me is that: 1. I might one day get killed due to my overwhelming curiosity about every topic under the sun, and 2. I have an undying love for information. I need all the details. I need the latest information. Over the years, I have written for a number of news-related sites. And, that is what made me so good at what I did.
Now, back to the topic at hand.
I began asking myself that if I’m going to share my journey to help others, should I also share news stories with my audience? Afterall, this blog was created to inform. So, I headed over to Google, typed in “Trigeminal Neuralgia” and hit the “News” option. And, there it was, clear as day.
On August 28, 2018, someone put out a press release, detailing the market for Trigeminal Neuralgia and how there will be an uptick in demand through until 2026. This alerted me of a few different things. The first thing was that someone was trying to capitalize off of such a serious disease… my disease. Another was that people, who don’t have TN will be diagnosed with it in order for companies to sell new pharmaceuticals since people are finding better alternatives in other health arenas. The other thought was that there will be many helpless souls, often desperate and unaware of the more “clean” route, who will be lining up to be taken advantage of. Many prescription drugs have worse side effects than long-term cures.
So, what did I do?
I immediately went to my support groups on Facebook and shared a press release that has been spreading like wildfire across the Internet. Many offered “mad faces” and “wow faces.” Some sent “crying tears.” But, then there were two…
They both rose some pretty good points. And, that has me thinking. Without capitalism, there would be no progress. Without investors, there would be no funding. There is no cure for TN and no singular medical treatment at this time. While some of us have found and created our own treatment plans, there are others that refuse to believe in the “hocus pocus” of essential oils, vitamins, plant-based diets and minerals. I mean, I get it — I was “one of those people.”
To be honest, that is their own downfall. It saddens me, and I do get emotional seeing others in pain — especially a pain that I can empathize with. But, maybe holistic healing is not in their cards, so medical treatment would be their only way. And, who knows, down the line, there may be a cure — and I can stop smelling like lemons and peppermint just to feel like a woman again. I’d love to save my money, instead of sinking it into treatment. I’m tired of being at an outing and having an attack if I forget to bring my oils with me or use them before I leave the house. And, I’m sick of feeling isolated in this world. Because outside of my virtual support group, it’s hard to find someone, who actually understands — without trying to have a peeing contest with me.
So, I guess that I am all for it. Besides, if someone can find a cure, they deserve to be paid very well. I take that back… handsomely well! When I have an attack, I’d probably make it rain $100 bills on someone if I had it and if they could make it stop! My TN sufferers, can I get an “Amen” or what?!
The other positive about this new market research is that it could lead to awareness. With awareness comes support. We won’t have to go to Facebook with our problems. Actually, I had to step out of my comfort zone in becoming part of that group. I’m a very private soul and barely share with the people I am closest to, so going into a support group was a fresh new experience for me. And, hey! I learned a lot. I have helped people, and they have helped me. In fact, those support groups are precisely what inspired this blog! And now, I’m coming at you all naked with my own truth… well, maybe not naked… but you get it!