On a good note, the break in rain and bright sunshine this morning inspired me to attend my first writing MeetUp near where I live and I'm so glad I did. I met so many friendly people and hopefully this will be the spark that gets me writing more regularly again. I do have some exciting misophonia news to share and now's the perfect time to do so...
I've tried to keep in contact with the London researcher to find out about the results of the fMRI research study in which I participated back in February 2014. After reaching out to him again to see if there was any news to share, he told me that although he's still in the process of writing the formal paper, they did come up with some interesting findings. To quote him (since some of this is a bit over my head and I'm going to have to do a little more research before I'd be able understand it well enough to try and paraphrase what he wrote...):
"To give you a short summary of the fMRI data we found higher activity in anterior insula in misophonic participants (compared to controls) when they are listening to trigger sounds and not when they are listening to other sounds. We also found that a part of the frontal lobe called vmPFC (ventromedial prefrontal cortex) has higher myelination in misophonic compared to controls.
Now the anterior insula is known to be involved in feelings of the body and is known to map physiological state of the body.I think our data clearly establishes misophonia as a disorder and I hope that our paper should settle this issue (and hopefully the medical community will start taking it more seriously.)" - Dr. Sukhbinder Kumar
Hopefully this bit of news will give hope to other misophonia sufferers (along with friends and family who also care about the people they know with misophonia) that misophonia is not just in our heads (psychologically) but is a real, physiological condition that needs more research!!!
I'd like to thank Dr. Kumar and his team for not only taking a chance to research misophonia when so many others in the scientific community still don't recognize it as being worthy enough of a condition to warrant research. I'd also like to especially thank Dr. Kumar for allowing me to participate in the study despite my being from the United States. I know that they were hesitant to include me since they could not reimburse me for my travel expenses; but I wholeheartedly believe that misophonia research is so important in this journey for relief for all sufferers that I'm willing to do whatever I can (even if it means traveling out of pocket) to help bring more awareness about misophonia to the general population and offer assistance to the scientific and medical professions whenever I am able. I feel honored that my contribution to the study was able to help with these exciting new findings and look forward to reading the published report when it is complete.