scleroderma

Is my life more important than someone who doesn’t have health insurance?
Don’t underestimate the toxicity of secrets.
Cute guys come and go, but the way we treat our best girlfriends impacts our lives in profound ways.
I think about skin a lot more than most white people. I know that’s a really weird statement, but it’s true. Because my skin
Please recognize that comparing one's illness to another is not an appropriate way to console a suffering individual. Let's break this negative habit; everyone fighting a battle deserves to be respected, and extended empathy, whether you have heard of their illness or not.
Once a woman who spent hours primping her features to perfection, I now found myself with a very conspicuous, very shiny bald head. I have decided however, that there are actually some pretty awesome perks to rocking the bald look!
Upon hearing the word 'chemotherapy,' most people jump to the same conclusions, with the same general consensus on how chemo works, who receives it and what side effects it has on the body. The truth is chemotherapy isn't only for cancer patients, and affects each patient differently depending on how it is used.
Someday again I will be dying, lying in a hospital bed with only days left ahead of me -- and truthfully yes, if you want to define "dying" as losing a battle to illness then I am in every sense of the term dying... but personally I like to call residing in this defective body, riddled by disease: successfully, and enthusiastically living.
This is actually a great opportunity for me to spread awareness about my disease, and to educate other individuals like yourself about respectful ways to interact with patients like me. With my hectic medical schedule I have little time to speak to anyone besides doctor, nurses, or front desk staff, so our conversation could actually be the highlight of my day.
To be honest, your judgment of me was made before I even entered those clinic doors. You made your verdict while reading my chart notes from the last doctor who, chances are, didn't ask me either.