Something about me

One of my New Year’s Resolutions this year was to tackle a health problem. In my case I have a specific one in mind. Anyone who sees me on a regular basis is bound to eventually notice that I get shaky at times for no apparent reason. It is a neurological disease. No known cause and no known cure. Sometimes I am totally fine and other times it acts up. I can take drugs for it but they work by suppressing adrenaline response. Obviously, that is not really an option for me so I choose to just deal. I am frequently asked if I am cold or nervous. The answer is I am always cold and rarely nervous. I also get ‘just relax’ a lot which basically has the same effect as saying ‘don’t think about an elephant’.

In the grand scheme of life it is not really a big deal. On the bright side I get a lot of pent up energy that needs an outlet which makes CrossFit perfect for me. Anyway, doctors give me about 60 more years to live so I guess I better make the best of it. In the meantime if I look uncomfortable don’t worry, I am fine. Crack a few jokes or something. In my case laughter really is the best medicine.


  1. Todd Ramirez Said,

    August 18, 2010 @ 11:20 am

    Wow! Certainly a pleasant surprise that you posted this! I know that probably took a lot of courage for you to post. Whether someone has or hasn’t noticed, I think it’s good that you got it out there. It will help the anticipation of having to deal with the explanation over and over, and thus being a constant reminder.

    I’m sure that I can speak for everyone that frequents your blog, that we’ll be behind you with any support and understanding we can provide for you if you so need it. Ya never know, maybe there’s someone reading this that has experience with this that will open new doorways to finding answers/cures/treatments that may help.

  2. Karen Ramirez Said,

    August 18, 2010 @ 11:28 am

    Yeah, I probably should have done it awhile ago. I just didn’t want to bring unnecessary attention to it nor do I want anyone feeling sorry for me. But I also don’t want people thinking i’m a drug addict or something so i guess it is a trade off. 🙂

  3. Gayle Stutesman Said,

    August 18, 2010 @ 3:20 pm

    Karen, I totally agree with Todd. BRAVO! Does this really mean that you are not taking any medicine? You are such a marvel! I did not realize that you were becomming a gourmet cook also! I am going to try your oven baked fish for certain.
    Brenden also decided to forego any medication for his condition and has learned how to handle it himself.

    Love you!!

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