Or, to make it simple… Do you think we will ever in detail know, what is wrong with us, what happened to us? Do you think, our condition will ever get acknowledged by worldwide medical society?
I am fairly confident that we can figure out what is going wrong with us and that awareness as well as acceptance of this condition will increase the more we find out. It is already happening. Ten years ago there was nothing on PFS. Since then there have been dozens of studies and literature reviews, there have been amendments to the labeling of Finasteride, there have been countless newspaper articles on PFS patients and increasingly doctors as well as the general public are becoming aware of this condition. Progress is being made.
Obviously, all that is far from enough and everything is happening way too slow. Unfortunately, we are in a situation, where little awareness and acceptance yield little resources, and little resources do little to raise awareness and acceptance. That’s a vicious cycle we need to break free from and that is not easy, but we have to and will try.
The good thing is, science is constantly progressing and sometimes rapidly so. CRISPR did not even exist 10 years ago and is rapidly changing and impacting research, diagnostics and therapeutics. We think that we have a fairly interesting condition with relevance far beyond the Finasteride-affected population. Once we have convinced a critical mass of people (particularly scientists) that this is the case, we are hopeful that the ball will be rolling much quicker.
Currently, we are pushing a massive rock up a steep mountain. It’s tough, slow and grueling. But once we push that rock over the hill, it will roll down on its own (and hopefully not been caught up in trees).
It’s impossible to give a time frame for all this and quite useless to discuss potential time frames, because obviously we are dealing with the unknown. We have to deal with this one step at a time, but with every step we will unravel a bit more of this mystery and in time we will have a better understanding of this condition and hopefully some ways to treat/cure this. The important thing is that we all do our part. We cannot rely on other people, we are a small community and we all need to chip in.