Today is my daughter, Tara’s Birthday and I just wanted to say Happy Birthday to her.
She was here for the 4th of July and I took this picture of her and Fifi in the kayak.
In her 20’s, Tara was taking an amino acid, tryptophan, that cardiologist gave their patients who could not sleep. It is a natural substance found in beans, turkey and milk. The only company that made it was in Japan and they made what is called a “hot batch”, which was contaminated. It caused many people to develop a disease called eosinophilia myalgia syndrome.
Simply stated this disease attaches to the lining of the body’s muscles and nerves.
It was terrible disease because doctors were grabbing in the dark for ways to stop or slow it down. There is still no cure today. For Tara, it moved around her body and for about 3 years, we spent a lot of time in Houston at the Medical Center, then her doctor moved to New Orleans and she still goes there today. It affected her eyes, throat, heart, her arms and legs and back, we joked at the time that we had visited every floor in the building seeing different kinds of doctors. There were not many places she wasn’t having problems. They tried everything from Chemo to Cleaning the Blood and nothing really worked except pain killers which she takes everyday. Tara lost a friend to this disease and many older people died also.
She has made peace with this disease and with the help of medicine, massage and the Good Lord, she lives a fairly normal life, raising cows, goats, horses and donkeys.
She is a extremely smart and giving and caring daughter and I love her very much.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TARA! YOU ARE THE LIGHT AND LOVE OF MY WORLD.
LOVE, MOTHER AND ROY