Vitamin B12 deficiency is somewhat common (with varied causes). Pernicious Anemia is an autoimmune disease that was fatal in my grandparent’s lifetime (there’s still no cure, only treatment). It is still fatal without proper treatment. This chronic, invisible illness is incredibly debilitating since Vitamin B12 is ESSENTIAL to all body systems. B12 is what provides you energy and the ability to thrive. It is so much more than ‘just a vitamin.’ A B12 deficiency is very dangerous and can cause a long and varied list of symptoms, which can make it difficult to diagnose. Learn more about the signs and symptoms here: http://www.b12deficiency.info/signs-and-symptoms/
Essentially Autoimmune Pernicious Anemia means I’m unable to absorb Vitamin B12 through food or supplements, and my immune system is broken (fighting itself rather than viruses). Even though I’ve been symptomatic since I was a toddler, I was not diagnosed until earlier this year. So this week I’ll be sharing more about how I finally got a diagnosis, how this chronic disease affects my daily life and how I learned to give myself injections despite a needle phobia.
Today’s #OneGoodThing is the start of Vitamin B12 Awareness Week!
Day 263 of 366.
What was your #OneGoodThing today? Please share in the comments!
UPDATE: This post has been updated to reflect that Pernicious Anemia is still fatal today, if it is not treated correctly. Additionally, I’ve been informed that Pernicious Anemia is not actually rare, though it certainly seems so here in the United States. I’ve personally spoken with many doctors who simply weren’t familiar with it at all, but since I have no actual proof of whether it is rare or not, I’ve removed that.