I was diagnosed with MPA in 2007. You have to experience its symptoms to understand just how painful they are. My kidneys took a hit, but the burning, jabbing pain when my inflamed blood vessels failed to deliver enough blood to my peripheral nerves almost drove me out of my mind. I was treated with Cyclophosphamide and Prednisone. In the Spring of 2008, I was declared in remission and gradually recovered. I am still in remission. I have written a book about MPA and my observations. It is available on rachellelabellesbooks.com
I have been living proof that we can recover from a rare life threatening illness to become a functional and hard working member of the workforce. To other MPA patients: Hang in there, you will be your old self again.