April 30, 2013
Hello kind readers,
Please forgive graphic detail in my story. There is a bit of it.
Upon having a cough that was persistent and produced black/blackish sputum, I was sent to a pulmonologist, who diagnosed my condition as aspergillosis -- I was not told what kind. This was about two and a half years ago. I went by prescribed treatment and became better.
For reasons I won't belabor, I was quite aware that the infection had returned in the fall of 2011.
Again, for reasons I choose not to get into, I have ignored this development and continued to live as though I didn't have the infection (i.e. not seeing a physician, continuing to engage in behaviors that I know are bad for aspergillosis patients.
The presence of the aspergillosis is about the same as ever. I have a productive cough, again black/blackish. The difference this time is that about a year and a half has passed since this has been the case and I have done nothing to address it.
I can not seem to find information about the development and progression of this disease, and am wondering if I am playing with fire.
How dangerous is Aspergillosis?
i am not sure if this information is pertinent, but I am a two-time cancer survivor (colon, bladder), and suffer from various auto-immune diseases (colitis, interstitial cystitis, CFIDS, fibromyalgia). I had rheumatic fever as a child. I am disabled from the second cancer and its treatment (serious pain and walking issues as well as radiation syndrome resulting from nerve damage in lower spine, etc.).
This is something extremely personal to me; confidentiality is appreciated.
Thank you in advance,