[QUOTE=Jetworks;4412523]I am a moderate drinker, imbibing a scotch 1-2 times a week, tops. Quite smoking 5+ years ago. I have a low-carb lifestyle which is otherwise fairly well-balanced.
The stress in my life is primarily that I have two developmentally delayed children, one profoundly so. That has lent itself to contributing to the typically accompanying domestic stressors, which have gotten worse over the past year or so. It is highly likely that is the cause of the ulcers.
For the most part, I am asymptomatic, so I suppose I am lucky there. I am in pretty damn good shape at this point from exercise and diet; good heart rate and cholesterol numbers. I take my dog out walking everyday, which I have turned into something of a de-stressing mechanism as well.
Thanks for the well-wishes.
I don't have kids but my friend has a severely disabled child and I am aware of the stress that it can put on a family. It is a full-time job caring for them. He and his wife have had to completely change their lives to care for him. The wife works during the day and my friend works at night. He had to give up his career. It has put stress on their marriage as well. Nobody understands how hard it is unless they have experienced it themselves. It is an impossible situation for them. Their child will dependent on them for the rest of his life.
I believe there are support groups for families in your situation. I am sure you have looked into it already. It helps to talk to people that are in the same situation as you. There is a lot that can be learned from them.
I wish you and your family all the best.
Last edited by DDNYjets; 03-23-2012 at 01:17 PM.