I woke up one morning and couldn’t get out of bed. I was very dizzy, nauseous, and had horrible ringing (tinnitus) in my ears.
I was diagnosed with Meniere’s Disease in August of 1986. I had all the normal tests done. My diagnosis was based on the ECOG (Electrocochleography) test, plus I had all the classic symptoms.
In September of 1986, I lost the hearing in my left ear. I became very depressed and withdrawn. The vertigo attacks were almost constant. Finally, in 1992, I was prescribed a diuretic and that helped tremendously. In September of 2004, I lost the hearing in my right ear. I again became depressed and withdrawn, but I was determined to not let it get to me. With the help of my husband and family, I was able to accept and deal with it. I did a lot of soul searching and praying, which I think helped a great deal.
Even though I am deaf, I still have Meniere’s Disease. I know that Meniere’s doesn’t go away after hearing loss. I am fortunate that the vertigo subsided.
This has been a physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual journey. I think there is a lot of personal growth that comes from dealing with an illness or disability. Not only do we have to cope with the illness, we also have to help others understand. It is important to remember that even though we have loved ones around us, we have to become our own best friend. We each deal with things in our own way, but by the same token we have more in common than we realize.
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