Allergic to Life by Kathryn C. Treat
I have a special interest in reading Kathryn’s story because of my own struggles with health issues. And so when I met her on twitter and read her biography I immediately connected to it, and had to buy the book out of curiosity.
I finished reading Allergic to Life on December 14, 2013, and it was drama from beginning to end. I kept wondering how you kept the presence of mind to write all this stuff down. It was amazing to me because you went through so many life-threatening reactions to your environment. The average person would not have had that in their mind to do.
The only time I did start to write my own journal was after the doctor told me to start writing down everything that I was eating so we could figure out what was wrong.
I could relate to all of your issues and to some degree the way your body reacted. Any allergic reaction can be serious if you cannot find a treatment to stop it.
You took us step by step through the start of your reactions right through to the end point and the medications you had to use to stop them. I felt like you were taking me through it with you, because you described it so vividly. I got angry with the bad doctors you had to endure and felt relief that you found some sensible doctors who could take care of you. That’s because I’ve done that too. It’s scary when the medical establishment becomes the culprit in your life struggle to survive. I personally feel that the medical field needs to be overhauled.
Anybody that has been through a little bit of what you have endured can relate to some degree your story and pain. I couldn’t stop reading and was able to cover so much ground. The chapters are easy to get through and your writing style was simple and to-the-point. That made it relaxing to read while you took us on a wild ride of a lifetime.
I was especially glad that you found a doctor who started you on probiotic supplements to put back the good bacteria and help your immune system get stronger. That is exactly what saved me in my own situation. I am on Ortho Biotics, vitamin supplements and minerals. I take them religiously every day. I can no longer tolerate regular drugs because I get every side effect coming and going. I recently developed an abscess on my tooth and tried penicillin because I was so afraid of antibiotics. With the Ortho Biotic supplement I was able to tolerate the penicillin.
Kudos that you finally won your settlement in court for all the horrendous medical bills you incurred just trying to stay alive. I’m glad you didn’t let the system pull one over on you because red tape is the norm. You kept good records and that puts you one step ahead every single time. You are a fighter and only fighters win.
Thank you for sharing your plight with us. That’s the only way people will get educated to what is happening in our environment.
I recommend this book to anybody who wants to become knowledgeable about the medical system in this country and the dangers lurking at every turn.
May She Rest in Peace!