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Yes, It Looks Scary, but it Will Grow Back…

I’ve had a wound /ulcer /hole in my knuckle for a few weeks now.  I had an upswing and it looked like it was going to close, but there is still some icky drainage going on, so I made an appointment to see my doctor to have it looked at today. I have to say, […]

Scleroderma Pit Stops

On Christmas Day, a nice red bump appeared on the second knuckle of my right thumb.  Yesterday it swelled some more and today, it’s bigger, the skin is splitting and I’m headed to the VA doctor tomorrow.  Hopefully, there will be a rheumatology clinic or I’m going to have myself a nice wait in the […]

Dating While Chronically Ill Is Not A Crime

Day 27 of NHPBM I Bet You Didn’t Know… Being single and 40 is no picnic.  Remember when you were married or in a committed relationship and you used to chuckle about your single friends using online dating sites?  How’s that Humble Pie taste now, fellow Bitches? My slice of humble pie tastes like lentils. […]

My Health Works with Me to Fight Scleroderma and Sarcoidosis.

                                     Day 8, A letter to my health. Dear My Health, Thanks for sticking through all the crazy things going on.  You have been there for me through thick and thin.  I have often heard from doctors, “With […]

Hitting My Wall And Breaking Through

In June, I hit the wall*.  It’s not my first wall, and it won’t be my last, but I have broken through this one, brick by brick.   I hit my wall in June after a personal disappointment  and  became less active in social media.  Not as a blogger, but as member of the community. […]

A Scleroderma Patient Walks Into A Doctor’s Office… And The Doctor Has Scleroderma

Edited 8/31/2012  I felt that my original post was a bit hard on the doctor.  I don’t mention him by name, but above all he is human and a fellow patient.  This experience is not just about me, but about me coping with the world around me.  Sometimes I do so in a way that seems […]

My Not Exactly 14 Hour Lipstick Moment

Do you ever see those 14 hour lipstick commercials?  You know, beautiful young women in their twenties doing something professional like rolling out blue prints, dressed in a curve hugging dress, eating pot stickers with chopsticks right out of the take-out box for lunch.  I know what you’re thinking.  You’re thinking, Karen, that’s no commercial- […]

Because I Can

So, after further review of the budget, I had to stop maid service.  It takes e a very long time to clean, but  I decided if I tackle one cleaning job a day, I can stay on top of things.  Yes, it is tough and time consuming, but only if I do it all in […]

A Short Updated Explanation of The Mighty Turtle

Adapt, Overcome, Rinse, Repeat. Not necessarily in that order. Now that The Mighty Turtle has a renovated home, I would like to explain the goals and purpose of this website.  Some of you remember it from back in the day as Scleroderma, Sarcoidosis and Box Wine.  I still have the Facebook Page of the same […]

Scleroderma on the Fly: Episode1

This is a post contains a link to my UTube Channel for my video series: Scleroderma on the Fly. Please click here to watch Episode 1 “What is Scleroderma?”    I mention my secondary diagnosis of Sarcoidosis. To clairify: having more than one autoimmune disease is not uncommon.  To submit questions for future episodes, please […]