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Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Celebrating 5 months of cortisone steroid recovery

Welcome all, thanks for the ongoing support. Today marks a milestone of 5 months recovering from cortisone steroids that ravaged by body, destroyed my adrenal system and sent my skin bright red and dry.

Since stopping use of cortisone steroids, my body has been the victim of a horrendous recovery; bright red skin, very very very dry cracked skin, hair loss, swelling, insomnia and much much more.  Pleasingly, after 5 months of recovery things are improving, and I'm back living a fairly normal life.  I still can't exercise or work out, need to manage the amount of heat my body is taking in and have quite a strict diet and relaxation program, but I'm on my feet, having drinks with mates and back into my beloved party scene.

In recent times I've travelled interstate on planes, drunk booze with friends and worked late nights with minimal sleep and the body has held up very well, in some circunmstances better than it use to.  My internal system is working the best it has in years and areas on my body that use to suffer from cirrhosis have cleared up and gone away.

Still I live with redness and areas of dryness, hair is still months away from coming back properly and I need to mange myself, but on the whole it's a very positive story.  How much longer?  Well I don't know, it could be months, it could be years.  If I had to guess I would say another 6 months before I'm back to normal, but to be honest that is nothing more that an optimistic guess, something I'm working towards and very prepared to be wrong about.

I'm throwing a party to celebrate my 6 month recovery next month, should be a belter of a night!



  1. Looking good Josh . Congrats on reaching 5 month mark .I'm a month behind you but im seeing some progress as well . Your blog has helped a great deal . At times i could have given up and turned to the creams again ,which the Dr would have gladly given me . At those times i have turned to your blog and that of a few others . Doing so has given me the extra strength ive needed to get to were i am today . I started my own blog and recently posted some pics . Heres the link -

    Well done Josh and thanks for the encouragement .

    Ty , (uk) .

  2. Thanks buddy, I've added you to my blog list.

    Really appreciate your comments, I love feeling like I'm making a difference. This thing is bigger than just you or me, I feel like it's a responsibility for us to help others by spreading the word!!

    Stick to it champ.


  3. Agreed Josh
    This thing is massive and the more aware people are the better .
    PS Im having a meeting next week with my doctor to discuss the whole thing from start to finish . He seems pretty interested to see how my condition developes over the coming months . Im thinking something on the lines of a fortnightly check-up to review progress . Could convince the doctors that this is a way of treating people instead of steroids . Will keep you posted mate .