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Schnitzelkoenig514 karma

Is that a lack of paragraphs?


wcasap314 karma

Don't tell anyone and they won't suspect anything.

Oh-never-mind283 karma

I appreciate your effort to communicate about yourself and the disease. Your article is interesting and informative. Here come my questions:

  • Is it possible to devise a completely oxalate-free diet? If yes, is it effective and sustainable?
  • Is gene therapy possible?
  • Are there any correlations between this disease and gut flora?
  • Who/what inspires you in life?

Thank for taking time to do this AMA.

WaterFreeSoda106 karma

To answer your first question, it would not be effective to have an oxalate free died, because oxalate can be biosynthesid in your body from several precursors including vitamin C which upon degradation gives oxalate.

TheDataWhore150 karma

oxalate free died


hikekorea6 karma

Let us all bow our heads in a moment of silence.

1 second passes

So, who wants tacos?

wcasap2 karma


thiscontent252 karma

do you own a spork?

wcasap146 karma

Honestly never thought about it. If I tape a fork to a spoon will it count?

buzzbuzz_73 karma

Hi wcasap..What sort of foods have high levels of oxilates? Do you have pain or illness daily, or do you mostly feel ok except when crystals form wherever they do? Do you have to drink a lot and therefore pee a lot (because username)?

wcasap143 karma

Some food I haven't touched in awhile are Spinach (yes!) these have lots of oxilates, also kiwis, beans, the list goes on. I don't feel pain from the disease, but the pills I take are such high doses it hurts. 600MG of B6 causes some nasty nausea and migraines. Drinking water is very important for me, and yes I do go to the bathroom frequently haha. Thanks for reading and asking!

The-Hindu-Gods38 karma

Hey! Kudos to you for being so spunky and real in your writing. My question is how has this disease changed your outlook on life. Also one more. Did you ever like curse at a higher power or whatever and ask yourself "why me?", like why did I have to be the one with this fucking disease? Thanks and you're legit awesome :)

wcasap91 karma

Thanks for asking! It really means a lot, and yeah, sometimes you're like why do I have this? But when I turn 18 I'm buying some lotto tickets. 1 in 100mil chance? This better work the same with good luck. But in all seriousness, it's pretty tough sometimes, but I have my family with me and that's all I need. And taking chances in life is easier when you have an impending doom chasing you. I really appreciate you asking, and you're awesome too!

Motha_Effin_Kitty_Yo21 karma

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wcasap2 karma

Added a picture of me holding a sign of my username and the date. Located under Edit 3.

truth_alternative15 karma

I don't want to sound like a dick but don't you mean hyperoxaluria ? :;((

wcasap2 karma

I don't even know, there's a's o's everywhere, sorry about that!

_ChaoticNeutral_9 karma

You sound pretty zany. Do you write crappy sitcoms?

wcasap2 karma

I've got a pilot going, wanna be in it?

Loonyula7 karma

I like your writing style! How old were you when you were diagnosed? How is your kidney function currently? All the best to you!

wcasap28 karma

Thank you very much! I was about 9yrs when I was diagnosed. Also, my kidneys are working to the best of my ability! I get roundly testing every six months with EKG's for my heart, Ultrasounds to look at my kidney/liver, and blood tests! (I hate needles.) From my last testing 3 weeks ago, I'm looking fine! Small amount of damage but nothing to worry about.

DancinWithWolves5 karma

Hey great post!

I hope yr feeling okay today, we're all rooting for you buddy!

My question: has having this disease changed your outlook on life in a noticable way from your peers? You don't need to answer if it's too perspnal; but has it made you reckless, careless, etc? Really curious.

Thanks a bunch!!

wcasap2 karma

Thank you! It really means a lot, I haven't made crazy decisions, but sometimes you think about it in a major situation and it gives you an extra push.

hkrob3 karma

How do you feel about those people opposed to organ donation from the thread the other day?

Got a message for them?

wcasap2 karma

Sucks that people who get off scot-free in life don't help others. I mean I'm not going to down talk them or threaten them, it's just sad. Thanks for responding!

RoseSGS2 karma

What is the most significant thing you wish you could do, but can't because of the disease?

Is there any question you hoped to see here? Something you want us to ask?

wcasap2 karma

I just want a goddamn kiwi. And no, the questions I get I love, thanks for reading and asking!

scartol2 karma

I wonder if maybe this false-positive will get the fascist robots in charge of this /r/ from deleting my comment?

I don't have any questions, but I want to thank you for your awesome writing style. (Yes, I would vote for paragraph breaks, but that's a minor gripe for me.)

Usually people who do personal/medical AMAs just assume everyone will Google the disease, but I can tell you from personal experience I usually don't bother. (Thank you for not judging me.) So the fact that you provide medical information is awesome.

But then you also provided humorous asides, gave specific personal experiences, and wrote the intro in an engaging, fun style -- I'm just very happy to see such quality writing here.

I'm a HS English teacher, and yes it's frustrating to see my students using the "wall of text" approach with no paragraph breaks. But I'm much more frustrated when their prose is lifeless and devoid of humor or personality. So kudos to you for making me smile with your words.

wcasap2 karma

Thank you so much! I've always enjoyed writing and hate MLA (sorry about that) but it's fun to be creative. As a speaker of students, let them creatively write, it gets the brain going and they are bound to write better. Also make a vocab test question about me! I'd love to see that! Thank you!

jusumonkey2 karma

How do they get up there?

Doverkeen1 karma


wcasap2 karma

They've been playing Donkey Kong

evilbadgrades1 karma

Wow, my condolences. What sort of pain medications do you currently take?

Have you considered cannabis to ease the pain? I work with many medical patients who have switched from taking horrendous pain pills daily to vaporizing CBD rich herbs to ease the pain and provide sedation (while skipping all those nasty side-effects of the prescription medications)

Moreover, have you considered reaching out to IBM's Watson program? They have been working on methods of applying the Watson AI to cure rare genetic diseases like yours.

Never give up hope! Medical technology is advancing at a rapid rate. I think things are going to change dramatically in the healthcare industry within the next 15-30 years

wcasap2 karma

Pain isn't a problem, the only pain I experience are from the pills I take and also kidney stones. Thanks for the hope! I'll see if I can contact them to see if there is an option. thanks for asking!

uterus_probz1 karma

Hi! It's very nice to read your story. I was wondering if you/your parents ever saw a genetic counselor and what that experience was like for you/them? Also, do you think you'll have children? And if so, would you want your spouse to get tested to see if they happen to carry the trait (even though it's incredibly rare)?

Then for fun: what is the best book you've read at this point in your life? If you're not into books, favorite movie you've watched? Thanks for doing the AMA! I hope you continue to not need a liver transplant for a while!

wcasap2 karma

Thanks for asking! Children would probably lead to adoption, avoiding carrying on this disease would be nice. Best book? Jeez there are so many, Percy Jackson is a great one, my favorite writer is Aaron Sorkin, his shows are amazing. Thanks for taking the time!

Ctkitt1 karma

What does your day to day diet consist of?

wcasap2 karma

No dairy, no nuts, no fish, simple things I guess. Normal dinners and breakfasts, avoiding food with high oxalates. Thanks for asking!