Remembering contracting Guillain-Barré syndrome.

Guillain-Barré syndrome

Remembering contracting Guillain-Barré syndrome.

I mentioned in a recent vlog that I succumbed to a very debilitating disease  back in the late 1980’s.

Guillain-BarréIn this podcast I talk about having contracted this illness back in the late 1980’s and my experience.

“Guillain-Barré (pronounced ghee-lan bar-ray) syndrome is a rare and serious condition of the peripheral nervous system. It occurs when the body’s immune system attacks part of the nervous system.

The exact cause of Guillain-Barré is unknown. However, most people (around 60%) develop the condition shortly after having a viral or bacterial infection. It’s thought infection may trigger the immune system to attack nerve roots and peripheral nerves.”

You can find out more about Guillain-Barré syndrome HERE.

Remembering contracting Guillain-Barré syndrome.

2 Comments

  1. Sarah Weldon

    Really wonderful podcast! And great to hear your experiences of GB and also living in a country in transition. I think that’s a very similar story to me living in Georgia after Soviet collapse and government changes, and also from a fairly military background. GB totally made me rethink my view of the world, and I pretty much went from some one always saving money or worrying about what ifs and rainy days, to suddenly spending money and living in the moment. Life is so short and precious, and being physically unable to move about for 18 months when my mind was active and wanting to run about made me realise that my only regret was not taking more risks. I consider my GB a blessing in disguise really, better to have regrets earlier in life and time to change things, than to do it at 90 years old. I definitely don’t have the stamina I used to, and I was told very strictly to learn to pace myself so as not to get ME which can happen afterwards.

    • Hi Sarah, thx for the kind comment. Our stories are very similar indeed. Like you, I decided to focus on the now rather than the future as I had always done previous to GBS. After getting back to “normal” I was rather chastised by people for not taking life seriously, for being childish and irresponsible, especially when it came to taking risks and spending money. Too many people waste their lives, sadly. I am sure I would have been one of them had it not been for GBS. You are now involved in some really great projects and diversifying and yes, taking some risks. Well Done! Go for it! Maybe we can collaborate with for something at sometime. Stay Safe. David

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