Have you ever loved someone so much, that just looking at them hurts your heart, for fear that you will one day lose them? I live like this every day with my husband.
When I first met Michael, I wondered why he could not sit still. Some people mistake him as uninterested, fidgety or weird. This of course, is the furthest thing from the truth. He is engaged, focused and wonderful. He also has Addison's disease.
Before meeting Michael, I had never heard of this disease. It's quite rare; 1 in 100,000 people have it, and yet I have heard of 5 people in our family and circle of friends who have also both lived and died of this disease. President John F. Kennedy was diagnosed with Addison's after his election and was always portrayed as healthy and vibrant, yet it was discovered that he actually suffered behind the scenes with the many cocktails of pills that need to be taken.
When Michael was around 18 years old, he had a week long stint of flu-like symptoms at the end of the summer. By early October it hit him again and he saw various Doctors and visited hospitals and as his skin grew darker in pigmentation, he was diagnosed with Addison's disease.
Dr. Thomas Addison founded this disease which is caused by partial or complete failure of the adrenal glands. A more descriptive definition: