About Me

The Senior Life - 50 and Beyond, about me

Hello! My name is Laura, and welcome to The Senior Life – 50 and Beyond!

I am a 57-year-old woman, happily married to my best friend. Married 31 years, together 34.  And together we have 3 grown daughters. My husband and I are adjusting to being “empty nesters”,  & have really begun to enjoy ourselves.

We currently live in Indiana, but 3 years ago we bought some land, and a fixer-upper, in Florida. And we work on that when we can. Between my husband still working, & me unable to health-wise, it’s finding the time and the money to work on our home. But we are in no big rush, it will eventually be where we’ll retire.

A BIT ABOUT MY STORY

What brought us to Florida, was my father. His health is not good, and he was living with a family that was taking advantage of him. Both financially and physically. My husband and I quickly put a stop to that.

At first, I was staying in our fixer-upper. Trying to get settled, something I’ve not had to do in over 25 years. For the most part, it was relatively easy. Getting my driver’s license switched over. Turning on utilities in my name. That sort of thing.

Then came trying to find doctors. Sadly, that was one disaster after another. I did not find ONE doctor that wanted to treat me as a patient, but more like a $ sign. It truly was frustrating.

I suffer from Psoriatic Arthritis and deal with a lot of pain. When I finally was able to get to a doctor that referred me to a pain clinic, things only became more difficult. My pain doctor would write me prescriptions, but getting them filled was a huge challenge. At times, I was made to feel as if I was a criminal. I did not abuse my pain medicines, never sold them, or gave them away, yet I was treated as if I had. Between the pain, and being treated the way I was, I started feeling so defeated.

THEN I DID RESEARCH

I not only felt defeated but I also felt helpless. If I couldn’t get medical help from the medical community, then where?? Yup, you guessed it. The internet! Thank goodness for the internet, right?

I spent months and months researching. Read through many books. Then books, I started, but didn’t finish cause they were misguided or misleading or downright UNTRUE! I even joined a Facebook group to learn everything I could about my condition, Psoriatic Arthritis.

Close to 40 million people in the US alone, suffer from some form of arthritis. And a quarter of a million of those, are children.

As for Psoratic arthritis, this disease affects 125 million people, worldwide!! WORLDWIDE!!!

Many of us that suffer from PsA (Psoriatic Arthritis), also suffer from Psoriasis–a skin disorder.

With the overuse of opioids in our society, many of us are left having to get through the day, in pain! I do not mean an achy pain, or a minor discomfort, I mean real pain. CHRONIC PAIN!! The kind one can have, that doesn’t have to move to feel it. You’re living in misery, and that in itself is depressing. If you came to my page and suffer from PsA, or any kind of arthritis for that matter, well I don’t have to go into specifics on how it makes you feel, I’m sure you are well aware.

MY QUALITY OF LIFE

In my research, I found that many causes of my pain were due to inflammation. I found ways to improve my quality of life, my inflammation, and yes–my pain!! I did this all without any opioids. In fact, with no help from the medical community at all. No doctors, no prescriptions, no being made to feel as if I’m the bad one cause I suffer from chronic pain.

And believe me when I say this was very liberating for me. I finally took back the control of the treatment of my own pain, for the first time in over 20 years!!!!

I take no quick fix pills. No magic solutions. No magic cure. But a better quality of life, for me.

Laura,
Founder of The Senior Life – 50 and Beyond

 

 

4 thoughts on “About Me”

  1. Hello Laura, it is a pleasure to meet you. I’m sorry about you having to suffer through PsA, I find it to be very uncomfortable. Most of the time, the doctors will give you false information, which is not right at all. It is best to find out the correct info on your own. I see that you and your husband are doing fine as well, I’m proud of y’all. I like what your website is all about, and I’m looking forward to reading your articles. Thanks!!!

    1. Hi Ahmand! Thank you for stopping by! Do you have Psoriatic Arthritis??

      I have lost a lot of trust with doctors. I’ve been using a lot of vitamins & supplements. They help with my inflammation. Which then helps with my pain. Try fish oil, Vitamin D and Probiotics. It’s what I’ve started and it does help!

      Keep coming by Ahmand!
      Laura

  2. Hi Laura,
    I too suffer from chronic pain, although for a different reason than yours. Mine involves my spine and am permanently disabled. I too did spend my share of days going through the opioids and realized that it just was not doing me any good. Just a bit of education on my part and found that I get better relief from essential oils. No name brands and no pyramids. I mix my own to suit my body.

    I hate suffering as much as the next person. So more research into the natural healing powers of foods and one that has benefited me a great deal is as simple as pineapple juice. Does a great job on inflammation and brings me some needed relief.
    Sounds like both of our sites deal with similar issues and I invite you to take a look as I am doing with yours.

    Best of luck,
    Poppa Joe

    1. I am sorry Joe, I answered this the day before and well, it’s gone. But no harm.

      I’m sorry that you to have to suffer from chronic pain. Please, tell me about these essential oils, and how you mix them??? And they help?

      I to did research last year, when it became so difficult to get my pain medication filled, here in FL. I got desperate and bought some CBD oil, and it worked. No lie, it took the edge off of my pain to where I could function. The I came home, researched like crazy, started reading a book, till I got to he part where it said I could heal my PsA. There is no cure for it…so I knew that was bull.

      But I did find, that about 90% of our inflammation comes from the gut. You know, the whole bad bacteria affecting the good. So I take a probiotic for that. Since I am not that big of a fish eater, I take a fish oil pill-high in Omega 3. As well as Vitamin D. I found if I can control my inflammation, I can keep my pain to a minimum.

      I do take Humira, methotrexate and meloxicam, but without these meds my PsA would progress, damaging my joints even further. We all got to do what we got to do, right?

      I will keep you in my prayers & thank you for stopping by,
      Laura

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