When Healthcare Fails

When Healthcare Fails

When doctors fight, the patient falls victim.

Trust takes years to build, seconds to break and forever to repair.

— Dhar Mann

NOTHING IN THIS POST OR ON THIS BLOG SHOULD BE TAKEN AS MEDICAL ADVISE. FOR GOODNESS SAKE, SEEK PROPER MEDICAL ADVICE BEFORE TAPERING, STOPPING, OR OTHERWISE ALTERING YOUR DOSAGE ON ANY MEDICATION.

This won’t be easy but I must begin somewhere, so I’ll begin with the purpose of this blog – prednisone, why I take it, why I was left on the medication for so very long, and why, oh why, I’m having so much trouble coming off the medication now. But first things first. Hi, I’m Jeanne. I’m an author and cover designer. (You can read more about my writing and design on my professional website HERE.) I hold multiple degrees, have taught on both the collegiate and secondary levels, am the parent of three grown children, and have a wonderfully supportive spouse of over seventeen years named Anna.

Seventeen years. This takes us back to 2003 – the year I began taking prednisone for serum-negative Rheumatoid Arthritis. Yes, it helped. It helped wonderfully, and I knew there were a few side effects. That said, no told me the potential risks of long-term usage. No one bothered to say, “Hey, Jeanne. Maybe we should work at getting you off these.” No one bothered. No. One. Bothered. Not for fifteen years.

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