Living With Bronchiectasis
I was diagnosed with bronchiectasis in 2006. My illness started in 2001 when I was working in a school with mold. I developed pneumonia 3 times, had an ongoing sinus infection, and mold cultured my lungs. In the next year I changed to a different school. Unfortunately, this school also had mold. I continued to be sick with sinus infections and bouts of pneumonia. I kept thinking I would finally get better when I moved to a new school the next year. At that time I was diagnosed with breast cancer. My energy was spent fighting that along with repeated bronchitis and sinusitis. Luckily, the breast cancer is still in remission.
In the next few years I kept taking rounds of antibiotics even to the point of having 6 weeks of IV's. Nothing stopped the infections. In fact I now had a very resistant bacteria going on in my lungs and sinuses. I switched to natural remedies since traditional medicine was no longer working for me. This helped me finally get rid of the drug resistant infection. It took a year and a half.
When I was diagnosed, it felt like a death sentence until I became used to it. After all, I was already used to being always sick. Did it matter that it now had a name? I am still me. Life is not predictable. Each day is all that matters. None of us know how many days we have left.
I now spend my time trying to stay healthy. I am following a healthy diet, trying to work out when I am not sick, and taking many vitamins and supplements in order to stay healthy. I also really try to enjoy my family and make plenty of time to be with them.
I would love to hear from more people like me. So far I have met noone with this disease. It is found more in third world countries.