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Glenn Frey’s Death: Risk vs Benefits of Medication

This month we have lost entertainment icons. I listened to David Bowie’s album, Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars while afloat during Desert Storm, Shield and Watch. When I hear songs by The Eagles, I am flooded with memories of my early childhood summers spent on the beaches of southern California. I have many […]

Scleroderma and Homeopathic Treatment

This post began as a Facebook post, sharing the Science Babe’s, Slate article about homeopathic medicine. Then, I started talking about my own personal experience  with homeopathic treatment for scleroderma, and here we are. Please enjoy this scenic car ride to my point about my experience using homeopathic medicine. In 1996, I received homeopathic treatment […]

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 Is A Terrible Name

Scleroderma is an autoimmune disease.  Healthy cells are mistaken for unhealthy ones, and the body attacks itself.  Not only is scleroderma a difficult name to remember, it is also a Greek word that means: hard skin.  Because of the name, people mistake scleroderma for a skin condition. When a doctor told a patient that he […]

June is Scleroderma Awareness Month

  a·ware·ness əˈwernəs/ noun knowledge or perception of a situation or fact. “we need to raise public awareness of the issue” Synonyms: consciousness, recognition, realization concern about and well-informed interest in a particular situation or development. “a growing environmental awareness” – GOOGLE There were 27 diseases that had an awareness month in May. There are 13 in June […]

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 […]

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 […]