My friend Amber has mitochondrial disease.
|A mitochondrion (single mitochondria)|
Prognosis varies: some live fairly normal life spans others don't make it past their first year-an angering truth. It is important for you to know that more will die of a mitochondrial disease than cancer. A baby is born every 30 MINUTES that will develop a mitochondrial disease by the age of TEN. There is no cure, not even any medication, to be given. There is however an often very effective supplementation treatment called the mito cocktail. Things like Coenzyme Q10, Creatine, Carnitine, Arginine, B Vitamins, can improve quality of life and help reduce symptoms. Otherwise the course of action is to treat the other diseases and syndromes the overlying mito creates.
There is the link to Amber's Bucket List again, if you can help you'd be helping out a really special young woman! Every little bit helps. Today Amber said "There are good people in this world." I have to agree, so many have stepped up, many prayers have been raised. Mito wreaks havoc, and distraction is a great way to keep spirits up when dealing with such a monstrous disease.