(MAC/MAI) MYCOBACTERIUM AVIUM COMPLEX PULMONARY DISEASE/BRONCHIECTASIS

Posted by Katherine, Alumni Mentor @katemn, Nov 21, 2011

I am new to Mayo online .. I was hoping to find others with .. MYCOBACTERIUM AVIUM COMPLEX PULMONARY DISEASE (MAC/MAI) and/or BRONCHIECTASIS. I found only 1 thread on mycobacterium accidently under the catagory “Lungs”. I’m hoping by starting a subject matter directly related to MYCOBACTERIUM AVIUM COMPLEX PULMONARY DISEASE (MAC/MAI) I may find others out there!

I was diagnosed by a sputum culture August 2007 (but the culture result was accidentally misfiled until 2008!) with MYCOBACTERIUM AVIUM COMPLEX PULMONARY DISEASE (MAC/MAI) and BRONCHIECTASIS. I am now on 5 antibiotics. Working with Dr. Timothy Aksamit at Rochester Mayo Clinic .. he is a saint to have put up with me this long! I was terrified of the treatment . started the first antibiotic September 3, 2011 … am now on all 5 antibiotics for 18 mos to 2 years. Am delighted at the very bearable side effects!

I wrote on the 1 thread I found: If you google NON-TUBERCULOUS MYCOBACTERIUM AVIUM COMPLEX PULMONARY DISEASE (MAC/MAI) you will learn a LOT about the disease. But PLEASE do NOT get scared about all the things you read .. that is what I did and nearly refused to do the treatment until after a 2nd Micomacterium was discovered! Educate yourself for “due diligence” .. but take it all with a grain of salt .. you are NOT necessarily going to have all the terrible side effects of the antibiotics! Good luck to you!

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January 2017 Update

One of our great Connect Members .. @Paula_MAC2007  .. had a wonderfully helpful idea that I wanted to share! Her idea .. as you read through the pages to gather information on our shared disease of MAC you can develop a personal “file cabinet” for future reference without the necessity of reading all the pages again!

If you have the “MS Word” program on your computer:

  1. Document Title Example:  Mayo Clinic Connect MAI/MAC Information
  2. Then develop different categories that make sense to you such as:  Heath Aids .. Videos .. Healthy Living .. Positive Thinking .. Baseline Testing and Regular Testing .. Antibiotics ..
    Tips for
  3. As you read the pages .. copy/paste/save things of interest into that MS Word document under your preferred categories for future reference.

Then as you want to refer back to something in the future .. YEAH!  You have now created your own personal “file cabinet” on MAC/MAI!  Go to it!

KateMN

@bruce668

I’m new on this forum but my wife and I have both recently been diagnosed with Mac and we are trying to learn all we can before our next doctors appointments. Can anyone tell us a good doctor in Asheville NC ?

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@bruce668

I’m new on this forum but my wife and I have both recently been diagnosed with Mac and we are trying to learn all we can before our next doctors appointments. Can anyone tell us a good doctor in Asheville NC ?

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@cila

Anyone had flu and pneumonia shot while on this 3 meds? My PCP Dr. told me to get a this shot. I’m just want to make sure that they will not interfere with the meds I’m taking. Just got a good news, saw my Pul.Dr. last week and did CT scan and it shows the improvement of nodular on both lower lobes. I can see that the meds are working. Hopefully another 6 month I will get this critter out of my lungs. Thank you all for your kindness and support. Cila

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Hello Kay, I have been on meds for 6 month now and he will check it again in 6 month. I’m not off the meds yet, I’m still taking them hopefully not for long. I don’t get depress much anymore I tried my best to look on the bright side of like. I hope Pray this coming New Year brings all Blessing to all of us here in the forum. Cila

@katemn

Bruce, I’m not familiar with the disseminated MAC that you mentioned, but did a quick Google search. From what I could find “disseminated MAC disease is typically associated with defective cellular immunity such as hairy cell leukemia, chronic myelogenous leukemia and AIDS.” This means it usually affects people with an already compromised immune system. Whether you have disseminated MAC or merely MAC, it is VERY important that you find a specialist who is familiar with MAC .. as MANY members of this Forum can attest to! Many members have found .. as you have .. that they have more knowledge of MAC than many of the doctors do.

That is WHY I told you it was SO important for you to do your “Due Diligence” and read past pages of this Forum to educate YOURSELF so you will truly understand your disease and it’s ramifications. THEN you can seek out proper medical care for yourself and your wife. THEN you WILL NOT be put off by doctors ” acting like it’s nothing”! When you have educated yourself .. you will feel comfortable being your BEST medical advocate with doctors!

That said .. did you see our wonderful member Janet’s .. @justjanet‘s recommendation of the clinic at UNC in Chapel Hill? You may also consider traveling to Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. Might Chapel Hill or Jacksonville be an option? Mayo Clinic appointment offices. The contact information for Minnesota, Arizona and Florida can be found here http://mayocl.in/1mtmR63.

As I told you before .. you are given but one body in this lifetime .. if you don’t take care of it RIGHT NOW .. it can’t take care of you for the rest of your journey in this lifetime. Bruce, I know you are in a REALLY tough time .. BUT you MUST gather together whatever energy and strength you can for this next REALLY important next step in finding the right doctor. If money is an issue .. perhaps this is the time to swallow your pride and call upon those who care about you .. explain the IMPERATIVE for you to travel to get the BEST care at this CRUCIAL point in your health. Sorry .. but this may be one of the most important decisions you may make for you and your wife. The old saying “If it is to be .. it is up to me!”

PLEASE keep us posted Bruce, we will be keeping you in our thoughts and sending the two of you LOTS of positive energy and LOTS of Hugs .. .. because all of us on this Forum have been on our own MAC journey .. and know it is a tough one .. though yours is a REALLY tough one! Katherine

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Great news re: HIV, but there are other opportunistic diseases for which a good ID doc will check while treating your infection. I, too, have endured terrible doctors…wonder why they chose the profession… but there are just as many great ones to be found. If you’re close to Chapel Hill, you’ve gotten some great referrals here…being on Medicaid of course keeps you from seeking help outside your state, but there’s plenty of good docs in the major NC cities…are these areas too far away for you?

Hello Cila, I am so glad you are having such a positive outlook now .. that is such a blessing! A hope for newcomers seeing there IS a light at the end of the tunnel! Thank you for posting an uplifting message to be seen by newcomers! It helps them along on our shared journey. Hugs to all! Katherine

@katemn

Bruce, I’m not familiar with the disseminated MAC that you mentioned, but did a quick Google search. From what I could find “disseminated MAC disease is typically associated with defective cellular immunity such as hairy cell leukemia, chronic myelogenous leukemia and AIDS.” This means it usually affects people with an already compromised immune system. Whether you have disseminated MAC or merely MAC, it is VERY important that you find a specialist who is familiar with MAC .. as MANY members of this Forum can attest to! Many members have found .. as you have .. that they have more knowledge of MAC than many of the doctors do.

That is WHY I told you it was SO important for you to do your “Due Diligence” and read past pages of this Forum to educate YOURSELF so you will truly understand your disease and it’s ramifications. THEN you can seek out proper medical care for yourself and your wife. THEN you WILL NOT be put off by doctors ” acting like it’s nothing”! When you have educated yourself .. you will feel comfortable being your BEST medical advocate with doctors!

That said .. did you see our wonderful member Janet’s .. @justjanet‘s recommendation of the clinic at UNC in Chapel Hill? You may also consider traveling to Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. Might Chapel Hill or Jacksonville be an option? Mayo Clinic appointment offices. The contact information for Minnesota, Arizona and Florida can be found here http://mayocl.in/1mtmR63.

As I told you before .. you are given but one body in this lifetime .. if you don’t take care of it RIGHT NOW .. it can’t take care of you for the rest of your journey in this lifetime. Bruce, I know you are in a REALLY tough time .. BUT you MUST gather together whatever energy and strength you can for this next REALLY important next step in finding the right doctor. If money is an issue .. perhaps this is the time to swallow your pride and call upon those who care about you .. explain the IMPERATIVE for you to travel to get the BEST care at this CRUCIAL point in your health. Sorry .. but this may be one of the most important decisions you may make for you and your wife. The old saying “If it is to be .. it is up to me!”

PLEASE keep us posted Bruce, we will be keeping you in our thoughts and sending the two of you LOTS of positive energy and LOTS of Hugs .. .. because all of us on this Forum have been on our own MAC journey .. and know it is a tough one .. though yours is a REALLY tough one! Katherine

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We are from asheville area and we don’t have funds to travel far. This disease has took a toll on both of us . The inflammation is tearing our bodies up. My wife has had five surgeries in the past year and a half and I’ve had three back surgeries. My back doctor put me out of work in November 2014 . Both of us are signed up for disability and they just turned my wife down and we sure don’t understand how !

@katemn

Bruce, I’m not familiar with the disseminated MAC that you mentioned, but did a quick Google search. From what I could find “disseminated MAC disease is typically associated with defective cellular immunity such as hairy cell leukemia, chronic myelogenous leukemia and AIDS.” This means it usually affects people with an already compromised immune system. Whether you have disseminated MAC or merely MAC, it is VERY important that you find a specialist who is familiar with MAC .. as MANY members of this Forum can attest to! Many members have found .. as you have .. that they have more knowledge of MAC than many of the doctors do.

That is WHY I told you it was SO important for you to do your “Due Diligence” and read past pages of this Forum to educate YOURSELF so you will truly understand your disease and it’s ramifications. THEN you can seek out proper medical care for yourself and your wife. THEN you WILL NOT be put off by doctors ” acting like it’s nothing”! When you have educated yourself .. you will feel comfortable being your BEST medical advocate with doctors!

That said .. did you see our wonderful member Janet’s .. @justjanet‘s recommendation of the clinic at UNC in Chapel Hill? You may also consider traveling to Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. Might Chapel Hill or Jacksonville be an option? Mayo Clinic appointment offices. The contact information for Minnesota, Arizona and Florida can be found here http://mayocl.in/1mtmR63.

As I told you before .. you are given but one body in this lifetime .. if you don’t take care of it RIGHT NOW .. it can’t take care of you for the rest of your journey in this lifetime. Bruce, I know you are in a REALLY tough time .. BUT you MUST gather together whatever energy and strength you can for this next REALLY important next step in finding the right doctor. If money is an issue .. perhaps this is the time to swallow your pride and call upon those who care about you .. explain the IMPERATIVE for you to travel to get the BEST care at this CRUCIAL point in your health. Sorry .. but this may be one of the most important decisions you may make for you and your wife. The old saying “If it is to be .. it is up to me!”

PLEASE keep us posted Bruce, we will be keeping you in our thoughts and sending the two of you LOTS of positive energy and LOTS of Hugs .. .. because all of us on this Forum have been on our own MAC journey .. and know it is a tough one .. though yours is a REALLY tough one! Katherine

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Thanks for the information and I do understand. But I was diagnosed with cold by the doctors and I knew they was wrong because the symptoms didn’t fit and the medication didn’t help. So, how do I leave it all to the doctors . I would tell them they were wrong and I could tell , all it did was make them mad .

@katemn

Bruce, I’m not familiar with the disseminated MAC that you mentioned, but did a quick Google search. From what I could find “disseminated MAC disease is typically associated with defective cellular immunity such as hairy cell leukemia, chronic myelogenous leukemia and AIDS.” This means it usually affects people with an already compromised immune system. Whether you have disseminated MAC or merely MAC, it is VERY important that you find a specialist who is familiar with MAC .. as MANY members of this Forum can attest to! Many members have found .. as you have .. that they have more knowledge of MAC than many of the doctors do.

That is WHY I told you it was SO important for you to do your “Due Diligence” and read past pages of this Forum to educate YOURSELF so you will truly understand your disease and it’s ramifications. THEN you can seek out proper medical care for yourself and your wife. THEN you WILL NOT be put off by doctors ” acting like it’s nothing”! When you have educated yourself .. you will feel comfortable being your BEST medical advocate with doctors!

That said .. did you see our wonderful member Janet’s .. @justjanet‘s recommendation of the clinic at UNC in Chapel Hill? You may also consider traveling to Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. Might Chapel Hill or Jacksonville be an option? Mayo Clinic appointment offices. The contact information for Minnesota, Arizona and Florida can be found here http://mayocl.in/1mtmR63.

As I told you before .. you are given but one body in this lifetime .. if you don’t take care of it RIGHT NOW .. it can’t take care of you for the rest of your journey in this lifetime. Bruce, I know you are in a REALLY tough time .. BUT you MUST gather together whatever energy and strength you can for this next REALLY important next step in finding the right doctor. If money is an issue .. perhaps this is the time to swallow your pride and call upon those who care about you .. explain the IMPERATIVE for you to travel to get the BEST care at this CRUCIAL point in your health. Sorry .. but this may be one of the most important decisions you may make for you and your wife. The old saying “If it is to be .. it is up to me!”

PLEASE keep us posted Bruce, we will be keeping you in our thoughts and sending the two of you LOTS of positive energy and LOTS of Hugs .. .. because all of us on this Forum have been on our own MAC journey .. and know it is a tough one .. though yours is a REALLY tough one! Katherine

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Thank you , why are my post not being placed where I reply ?

@katemn

Bruce, I’m not familiar with the disseminated MAC that you mentioned, but did a quick Google search. From what I could find “disseminated MAC disease is typically associated with defective cellular immunity such as hairy cell leukemia, chronic myelogenous leukemia and AIDS.” This means it usually affects people with an already compromised immune system. Whether you have disseminated MAC or merely MAC, it is VERY important that you find a specialist who is familiar with MAC .. as MANY members of this Forum can attest to! Many members have found .. as you have .. that they have more knowledge of MAC than many of the doctors do.

That is WHY I told you it was SO important for you to do your “Due Diligence” and read past pages of this Forum to educate YOURSELF so you will truly understand your disease and it’s ramifications. THEN you can seek out proper medical care for yourself and your wife. THEN you WILL NOT be put off by doctors ” acting like it’s nothing”! When you have educated yourself .. you will feel comfortable being your BEST medical advocate with doctors!

That said .. did you see our wonderful member Janet’s .. @justjanet‘s recommendation of the clinic at UNC in Chapel Hill? You may also consider traveling to Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. Might Chapel Hill or Jacksonville be an option? Mayo Clinic appointment offices. The contact information for Minnesota, Arizona and Florida can be found here http://mayocl.in/1mtmR63.

As I told you before .. you are given but one body in this lifetime .. if you don’t take care of it RIGHT NOW .. it can’t take care of you for the rest of your journey in this lifetime. Bruce, I know you are in a REALLY tough time .. BUT you MUST gather together whatever energy and strength you can for this next REALLY important next step in finding the right doctor. If money is an issue .. perhaps this is the time to swallow your pride and call upon those who care about you .. explain the IMPERATIVE for you to travel to get the BEST care at this CRUCIAL point in your health. Sorry .. but this may be one of the most important decisions you may make for you and your wife. The old saying “If it is to be .. it is up to me!”

PLEASE keep us posted Bruce, we will be keeping you in our thoughts and sending the two of you LOTS of positive energy and LOTS of Hugs .. .. because all of us on this Forum have been on our own MAC journey .. and know it is a tough one .. though yours is a REALLY tough one! Katherine

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Bruce, here is what I would do if I was sitting in your shoes re: your denial of disability claim. KNOW that you are ALWAYS denied on the first claim .. they WANT you to give up! Do NOT give up! Make the below phone call .. NOW!!

1. CONTACT: Legal Aid of North Carolina  Website http://www.legalaidnc.org/Pages/Homepage.aspx
Legal services in Asheville, North Carolina · Burton Street Address: 547 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806
Phone: (877) 579-7562

2. UNDERSTAND YOUR RIGHTS: https://www.legal-aid.org/en/civil/civilpractice/disabilityadvocacyproject.aspx
Disability Advocacy Project
The Disability Advocacy Project provides a full range of legal services for children and adults who are eligible for, but have been denied or terminated from:
Disability benefits
Retirement benefits
Other benefits under the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security (OASDI) programs.
The Society represents children and adults with their applications, administrative hearings, and court appeals, and gives advice and counseling.
Did you know… example of New York: Thousands of New Yorkers who qualify for disability benefits from the federal government instead receive public assistance from New York City. By helping these children and adults to receive the federal disability benefits to which they are entitled, the Society saves the City and State millions of dollars each year.
Case Example In one case, the Society represented an 11-year-old boy who had experienced several traumatic events. When he was four years old, his father was murdered. His uncle — who had become his surrogate father — was subsequently murdered, his depressed mother was prone to suicide attempts, and his mother’s boyfriend was abusive. Despite the psychological trauma inflicted by these circumstances, the boy was denied SSI disability benefits. With the Society’s help, the denial was reversed and the boy was awarded $13,500 in retroactive SSI benefits as well as ongoing monthly benefits.

Getting help with getting on disability would be a good first step in gaining medical help .. serenity which will help you overall. Remember .. there is a tremendous connection between mind and body. Stress affects our bodies also. Please DO make this phone call .. get started! We are all behind you .. rooting for you! Sending you lots of positive energy! Hugs! Katherine

@katemn

Bruce, I’m not familiar with the disseminated MAC that you mentioned, but did a quick Google search. From what I could find “disseminated MAC disease is typically associated with defective cellular immunity such as hairy cell leukemia, chronic myelogenous leukemia and AIDS.” This means it usually affects people with an already compromised immune system. Whether you have disseminated MAC or merely MAC, it is VERY important that you find a specialist who is familiar with MAC .. as MANY members of this Forum can attest to! Many members have found .. as you have .. that they have more knowledge of MAC than many of the doctors do.

That is WHY I told you it was SO important for you to do your “Due Diligence” and read past pages of this Forum to educate YOURSELF so you will truly understand your disease and it’s ramifications. THEN you can seek out proper medical care for yourself and your wife. THEN you WILL NOT be put off by doctors ” acting like it’s nothing”! When you have educated yourself .. you will feel comfortable being your BEST medical advocate with doctors!

That said .. did you see our wonderful member Janet’s .. @justjanet‘s recommendation of the clinic at UNC in Chapel Hill? You may also consider traveling to Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. Might Chapel Hill or Jacksonville be an option? Mayo Clinic appointment offices. The contact information for Minnesota, Arizona and Florida can be found here http://mayocl.in/1mtmR63.

As I told you before .. you are given but one body in this lifetime .. if you don’t take care of it RIGHT NOW .. it can’t take care of you for the rest of your journey in this lifetime. Bruce, I know you are in a REALLY tough time .. BUT you MUST gather together whatever energy and strength you can for this next REALLY important next step in finding the right doctor. If money is an issue .. perhaps this is the time to swallow your pride and call upon those who care about you .. explain the IMPERATIVE for you to travel to get the BEST care at this CRUCIAL point in your health. Sorry .. but this may be one of the most important decisions you may make for you and your wife. The old saying “If it is to be .. it is up to me!”

PLEASE keep us posted Bruce, we will be keeping you in our thoughts and sending the two of you LOTS of positive energy and LOTS of Hugs .. .. because all of us on this Forum have been on our own MAC journey .. and know it is a tough one .. though yours is a REALLY tough one! Katherine

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Bruce, I truly do understand. Others on our Forum have had the same experience .. perhaps they can jump in and tell you how THEY handled this type of situation?

Personally in one situation I told the doctor “I have lived in this body longer than you have been a doctor. I KNOW my body and I KNOW what you are saying is not correct for my body. I would like xxxxxx further testing for my comfort level. If you do not feel you can order this/these tests I would like to see another doctor in this practice or please order copies of ‘Any/All medical records’ for me to seek a second opinion elsewhere.”

Bruce, I will not say this conversation with the doctor was comfortable .. BUT we MUST be our OWN best advocate. These doctors are our EMPLOYEES .. WE are the EMPLOYERS!! They are NOT Gods as our parent’s generation revered them to be! For a doctor to sluff you off in this manner is NOT ok.

Take Charge of your health .. nobody else is going to do it for you!! Frankly it is do … or die .. at this point it is in your hands. I hate to be so honest .. but with all that you and your wife have going on .. you are going to have to “man up” .. and get moving .. it is “show time”. Talk is cheap .. you need to take action .. make those phone calls .. your wife is depending on you. If you won’t do it for yourself .. do it for her. I KNOW this is really tough with all you have going on .. but just do it. I am sending you LOTS of positive energy AND a big Hug! Katherine

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@katemn

Bruce, I’m not familiar with the disseminated MAC that you mentioned, but did a quick Google search. From what I could find “disseminated MAC disease is typically associated with defective cellular immunity such as hairy cell leukemia, chronic myelogenous leukemia and AIDS.” This means it usually affects people with an already compromised immune system. Whether you have disseminated MAC or merely MAC, it is VERY important that you find a specialist who is familiar with MAC .. as MANY members of this Forum can attest to! Many members have found .. as you have .. that they have more knowledge of MAC than many of the doctors do.

That is WHY I told you it was SO important for you to do your “Due Diligence” and read past pages of this Forum to educate YOURSELF so you will truly understand your disease and it’s ramifications. THEN you can seek out proper medical care for yourself and your wife. THEN you WILL NOT be put off by doctors ” acting like it’s nothing”! When you have educated yourself .. you will feel comfortable being your BEST medical advocate with doctors!

That said .. did you see our wonderful member Janet’s .. @justjanet‘s recommendation of the clinic at UNC in Chapel Hill? You may also consider traveling to Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. Might Chapel Hill or Jacksonville be an option? Mayo Clinic appointment offices. The contact information for Minnesota, Arizona and Florida can be found here http://mayocl.in/1mtmR63.

As I told you before .. you are given but one body in this lifetime .. if you don’t take care of it RIGHT NOW .. it can’t take care of you for the rest of your journey in this lifetime. Bruce, I know you are in a REALLY tough time .. BUT you MUST gather together whatever energy and strength you can for this next REALLY important next step in finding the right doctor. If money is an issue .. perhaps this is the time to swallow your pride and call upon those who care about you .. explain the IMPERATIVE for you to travel to get the BEST care at this CRUCIAL point in your health. Sorry .. but this may be one of the most important decisions you may make for you and your wife. The old saying “If it is to be .. it is up to me!”

PLEASE keep us posted Bruce, we will be keeping you in our thoughts and sending the two of you LOTS of positive energy and LOTS of Hugs .. .. because all of us on this Forum have been on our own MAC journey .. and know it is a tough one .. though yours is a REALLY tough one! Katherine

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Hi Bruce Kate is right andI’m so glad she gave such sound advice; in some way we all decide, especially with disability, whether we wish to live or die. I’m so concerned about what it might be in your home that may perhaps be affecting you and your dear wife so severely. Do you have good support? A church, family, neighbors, or friends who care about you? Most cities and towns have someone who can come and test your home for toxins, mold, etc. surely there must be a caring person in social services who can help navigate some of this with you so you can begin to go forward in your lives. Please know people care very much, and I LOVE that Kate mentioned the mind-body connection. The foods we eat can harm or heal us too. Many people on this Forum know how awful suffering is. There is a God who loves you, and created you for a purpose. God does not make mistakes! With Love, JMS : )

@katemn

Bruce, I’m not familiar with the disseminated MAC that you mentioned, but did a quick Google search. From what I could find “disseminated MAC disease is typically associated with defective cellular immunity such as hairy cell leukemia, chronic myelogenous leukemia and AIDS.” This means it usually affects people with an already compromised immune system. Whether you have disseminated MAC or merely MAC, it is VERY important that you find a specialist who is familiar with MAC .. as MANY members of this Forum can attest to! Many members have found .. as you have .. that they have more knowledge of MAC than many of the doctors do.

That is WHY I told you it was SO important for you to do your “Due Diligence” and read past pages of this Forum to educate YOURSELF so you will truly understand your disease and it’s ramifications. THEN you can seek out proper medical care for yourself and your wife. THEN you WILL NOT be put off by doctors ” acting like it’s nothing”! When you have educated yourself .. you will feel comfortable being your BEST medical advocate with doctors!

That said .. did you see our wonderful member Janet’s .. @justjanet‘s recommendation of the clinic at UNC in Chapel Hill? You may also consider traveling to Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. Might Chapel Hill or Jacksonville be an option? Mayo Clinic appointment offices. The contact information for Minnesota, Arizona and Florida can be found here http://mayocl.in/1mtmR63.

As I told you before .. you are given but one body in this lifetime .. if you don’t take care of it RIGHT NOW .. it can’t take care of you for the rest of your journey in this lifetime. Bruce, I know you are in a REALLY tough time .. BUT you MUST gather together whatever energy and strength you can for this next REALLY important next step in finding the right doctor. If money is an issue .. perhaps this is the time to swallow your pride and call upon those who care about you .. explain the IMPERATIVE for you to travel to get the BEST care at this CRUCIAL point in your health. Sorry .. but this may be one of the most important decisions you may make for you and your wife. The old saying “If it is to be .. it is up to me!”

PLEASE keep us posted Bruce, we will be keeping you in our thoughts and sending the two of you LOTS of positive energy and LOTS of Hugs .. .. because all of us on this Forum have been on our own MAC journey .. and know it is a tough one .. though yours is a REALLY tough one! Katherine

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JMS, what a wonderful response! Thank you! I had not thought of calling for Social Service Agencies. You are SO correct .. they absolutely could help Bruce and his wife navigate some of these things! It is just great that you stepped up to the plate! Sending you a hug and so glad you are helping! Katherine

@bruce668, I don’t know if this MIGHT be a helpful starting point or not? Hope it does! Know that we are all here for you! Katherine https://www.buncombecounty.org/Governing/Depts/PublicAssistance/Default.aspx

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@katemn

Bruce, I’m not familiar with the disseminated MAC that you mentioned, but did a quick Google search. From what I could find “disseminated MAC disease is typically associated with defective cellular immunity such as hairy cell leukemia, chronic myelogenous leukemia and AIDS.” This means it usually affects people with an already compromised immune system. Whether you have disseminated MAC or merely MAC, it is VERY important that you find a specialist who is familiar with MAC .. as MANY members of this Forum can attest to! Many members have found .. as you have .. that they have more knowledge of MAC than many of the doctors do.

That is WHY I told you it was SO important for you to do your “Due Diligence” and read past pages of this Forum to educate YOURSELF so you will truly understand your disease and it’s ramifications. THEN you can seek out proper medical care for yourself and your wife. THEN you WILL NOT be put off by doctors ” acting like it’s nothing”! When you have educated yourself .. you will feel comfortable being your BEST medical advocate with doctors!

That said .. did you see our wonderful member Janet’s .. @justjanet‘s recommendation of the clinic at UNC in Chapel Hill? You may also consider traveling to Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. Might Chapel Hill or Jacksonville be an option? Mayo Clinic appointment offices. The contact information for Minnesota, Arizona and Florida can be found here http://mayocl.in/1mtmR63.

As I told you before .. you are given but one body in this lifetime .. if you don’t take care of it RIGHT NOW .. it can’t take care of you for the rest of your journey in this lifetime. Bruce, I know you are in a REALLY tough time .. BUT you MUST gather together whatever energy and strength you can for this next REALLY important next step in finding the right doctor. If money is an issue .. perhaps this is the time to swallow your pride and call upon those who care about you .. explain the IMPERATIVE for you to travel to get the BEST care at this CRUCIAL point in your health. Sorry .. but this may be one of the most important decisions you may make for you and your wife. The old saying “If it is to be .. it is up to me!”

PLEASE keep us posted Bruce, we will be keeping you in our thoughts and sending the two of you LOTS of positive energy and LOTS of Hugs .. .. because all of us on this Forum have been on our own MAC journey .. and know it is a tough one .. though yours is a REALLY tough one! Katherine

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Well dear friend you started this train of support and strength for Bruce and his wife. I simply got on board and hooked up my engine LOL! You stepped up with loads of strength, and I knew stepping up too was the right thing to do. We are “to share one another’s burdens,” which is how anything gets done, with God’s loving hands and guidance. Seriously, I PRAY for the right person, the right information, for God to direct my steps … and He ALWAYS DOES. God bless you for all you do for others and how much you care. It is so purpose-filled for you. AMEN. : )

@katemn

Bruce, I’m not familiar with the disseminated MAC that you mentioned, but did a quick Google search. From what I could find “disseminated MAC disease is typically associated with defective cellular immunity such as hairy cell leukemia, chronic myelogenous leukemia and AIDS.” This means it usually affects people with an already compromised immune system. Whether you have disseminated MAC or merely MAC, it is VERY important that you find a specialist who is familiar with MAC .. as MANY members of this Forum can attest to! Many members have found .. as you have .. that they have more knowledge of MAC than many of the doctors do.

That is WHY I told you it was SO important for you to do your “Due Diligence” and read past pages of this Forum to educate YOURSELF so you will truly understand your disease and it’s ramifications. THEN you can seek out proper medical care for yourself and your wife. THEN you WILL NOT be put off by doctors ” acting like it’s nothing”! When you have educated yourself .. you will feel comfortable being your BEST medical advocate with doctors!

That said .. did you see our wonderful member Janet’s .. @justjanet‘s recommendation of the clinic at UNC in Chapel Hill? You may also consider traveling to Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. Might Chapel Hill or Jacksonville be an option? Mayo Clinic appointment offices. The contact information for Minnesota, Arizona and Florida can be found here http://mayocl.in/1mtmR63.

As I told you before .. you are given but one body in this lifetime .. if you don’t take care of it RIGHT NOW .. it can’t take care of you for the rest of your journey in this lifetime. Bruce, I know you are in a REALLY tough time .. BUT you MUST gather together whatever energy and strength you can for this next REALLY important next step in finding the right doctor. If money is an issue .. perhaps this is the time to swallow your pride and call upon those who care about you .. explain the IMPERATIVE for you to travel to get the BEST care at this CRUCIAL point in your health. Sorry .. but this may be one of the most important decisions you may make for you and your wife. The old saying “If it is to be .. it is up to me!”

PLEASE keep us posted Bruce, we will be keeping you in our thoughts and sending the two of you LOTS of positive energy and LOTS of Hugs .. .. because all of us on this Forum have been on our own MAC journey .. and know it is a tough one .. though yours is a REALLY tough one! Katherine

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JMS .. beautifully said .. thank you! Katherine

@katemn

Bruce, I’m not familiar with the disseminated MAC that you mentioned, but did a quick Google search. From what I could find “disseminated MAC disease is typically associated with defective cellular immunity such as hairy cell leukemia, chronic myelogenous leukemia and AIDS.” This means it usually affects people with an already compromised immune system. Whether you have disseminated MAC or merely MAC, it is VERY important that you find a specialist who is familiar with MAC .. as MANY members of this Forum can attest to! Many members have found .. as you have .. that they have more knowledge of MAC than many of the doctors do.

That is WHY I told you it was SO important for you to do your “Due Diligence” and read past pages of this Forum to educate YOURSELF so you will truly understand your disease and it’s ramifications. THEN you can seek out proper medical care for yourself and your wife. THEN you WILL NOT be put off by doctors ” acting like it’s nothing”! When you have educated yourself .. you will feel comfortable being your BEST medical advocate with doctors!

That said .. did you see our wonderful member Janet’s .. @justjanet‘s recommendation of the clinic at UNC in Chapel Hill? You may also consider traveling to Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. Might Chapel Hill or Jacksonville be an option? Mayo Clinic appointment offices. The contact information for Minnesota, Arizona and Florida can be found here http://mayocl.in/1mtmR63.

As I told you before .. you are given but one body in this lifetime .. if you don’t take care of it RIGHT NOW .. it can’t take care of you for the rest of your journey in this lifetime. Bruce, I know you are in a REALLY tough time .. BUT you MUST gather together whatever energy and strength you can for this next REALLY important next step in finding the right doctor. If money is an issue .. perhaps this is the time to swallow your pride and call upon those who care about you .. explain the IMPERATIVE for you to travel to get the BEST care at this CRUCIAL point in your health. Sorry .. but this may be one of the most important decisions you may make for you and your wife. The old saying “If it is to be .. it is up to me!”

PLEASE keep us posted Bruce, we will be keeping you in our thoughts and sending the two of you LOTS of positive energy and LOTS of Hugs .. .. because all of us on this Forum have been on our own MAC journey .. and know it is a tough one .. though yours is a REALLY tough one! Katherine

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Bruce…I was denied 5 times over 3 years and was at last approved last March…took going before a judge…and my disability is quite visible… the first thing I did was hire a disability attorney…they work on consignment so you pay nothing until you win then their compensation is taken out of your back benefits (you get back payments from 6 months after you first claimed up to the present in one lump sum). Having an attorney vastly increases your chances of being approved. Go get one!

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