I have three active autoimmune diseases, Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (including Antiphospholipid-antibody syndrome), Type I Diabetes (including Gastric Paresis) and Myasthenia Gravis. As you can imagine, I have a significant interest in Disability Issues. At age 4½ I was diagnosed with the first of my disabilities. I have begun to write My Story which I hope will be of some help to those who are also interested in Disability Issues.

Below are some of the resources that I find particularly helpful:

Arthritis Foundation I have been a member of the Arthritis Foundation for many years. I read their bimonthly magazine, Arthritis Today, to stay informed about current treatments and techniques for living an active life with arthritis. I am impressed that this publication has recently recognized that there are benefits to non-traditional forms of treatments such as massage therapy and mineral supplements to relieve pain.

American Diabetes Association I have also been a member of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) for many years. This organization publishes a monthly magazine called Diabetes Forecast. I attribute the major strides that I have made in caring for my diabetes to this magazine. It was here that I first read about Tight Control. The feature article in November 1993 motivated me to find an endocrinologist who put me on this management program. My glychohemogoblin tests, an important indicator of long term diabetes control, have been close to normal since starting this plan. The program gives me the freedom to eat when I want rather than being tied to a rigid meal schedule.

In November 2000, I changed from insulin injections to the MiniMed insulin pump. I am happy to report that this helped me to achieve normal glychohemogoblin results. The ADA provided much of the information on which I based my decision.

Myasthenia Gravis The Myasthenia Gravis Foundation is much smaller than the other organizations. Myasthenia Gravis is a rare disease caused by antibodies that attack and destroy the post synaptic junction. The post synaptic junction receives nerve impulses at the neuromuscular junction. The disease causes muscle function failure. I get current information from The Flash, a newsletter published by the Garden State Chapter of the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation.

Another good resource is the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Myasthenia Gravis is one of the many Muscular Dystrophy diseases for which MDA funds research. MDA publishes the monthly magazine Quest.

Dr. Weil A good general newsletter which focuses on merging Western medicine with holistic techniques is Dr. Andrew Weil's Self Healing. As a result of reading Dr. Weil's recommendations for self hypnosis, I tried this technique. It gives me much relief from the pain of Arthritis.