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Why I’m Not Angry Cancer Gets More Attention Than Scleroderma

    Of course I wish scleroderma got the awareness and funds cancer “enjoys”. I’m not angry and I’m going to tell you why.  I am also going to offer suggestions to help you educate health care providers and the general public by recognition and comparison. Why is cancer so infuriating to patients with rare […]

Getting The Full Picture

  Ever notice things in a photograph, you didn’t see while you were posing for the picture?  Here is what I have learned about my own behavior and mental health with a “photograph perspective”. Finding the right antidepressant is no easy task.  So when we find one that does the best job with no side […]

Scleroderma Does Ugly Things to Beautiful People

Yes.  Scleroderma does do ugly things to beautiful people, and me, too. When I began this blog, my intention was to raise awareness of scleroderma.  I’m going on my sixth year with this blog, and awareness is not enough.  The truth is, scleroderma is an ugly disease.  It doesn’t directly affect breasts, and the damage […]

I’d Rather Have Chlamydia.

  The week of October 5, 2014, I had yet another stay in a veteran’s hospital with another weird diagnosis.   It’s only a matter of time before I recognize  my case in an edition of Scientific American’s Mystery Diagnosis article. Monday was busy, and Tuesday ended with a trip to the ER, presenting with […]

Forget Scleroderma. My Credit Score Is A Bigger Problem

Unlike most Americans with chronic illnesses, in addition to Social Security, I have Veteran’s Benefits.  This has put me in a unique position.  It is why I am not afraid to seek medical care outside the Veteran’s Healthcare System and put myself in debt.  It takes more than a bad credit score and overdraft fees […]

The Best Description of Living with A Chronic Illness You Will Ever Read. Ever.

Okay, maybe not ever.  But how about the best description of living with a chronic illness that you will read for the next fifteen minutes?   Are you healthy?  Have you ever wondered what it is like living with a chronic illness like scleroderma?  Watch the movie Ground Hog Day. It’s no secret I believe Harold Ramis […]

Vanity and Denial Are My Great Motivators

It’s not my strength in spirit, or desire to help others that has kept me alive far longer than many expected.  I  am stubborn and  I refuse to accept my limitations because I have no patience for assistive  devices that move like molasses.  Yes, I do realize how childish that sounds after typing it, but I’m […]

Laughter May Be Best Medicine for Scleroderma

Okay, maybe not the best, but it helps. I started writing this blog in 2009.  If you have been along for the ride, you have seen my writing evolve from sub-par to adequate.  Now, I’m doing stand-up comedy and in no way should be promoting it, but I am telling people where I will be […]

When It Comes to Scleroderma, I’m a Chicken

Or: Please allow me to reintroduce you to my booby.   …Well, it’s not really my booby.  It belongs to everyone. June 24, 2014 I have been keeping this to myself for years and what a better time to talk about my fear of scleroderma during Scleroderma Awareness Month. After my diagnosis, I wanted nothing […]

Scleroderma Awareness Month

  Year-round, researchers are gaining ground in the fight against scleroderma.  Doctors who have studied scleroderma and have extensive experience treating patients, are traveling all over the  world to teach doctors, and medical students.  Patients are gathering in support groups to learn about scleroderma, and share ways they cope.  There is much being done, and […]