scleroderma

Politics
Is my life more important than someone who doesn’t have health insurance?
Parents
Don’t underestimate the toxicity of secrets.
Parents
Cute guys come and go, but the way we treat our best girlfriends impacts our lives in profound ways.
Healthy Living
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
Wellness
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.
Wellness
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!
Wellness
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.
Wellness
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.
Wellness
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.
Wellness
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.
Wellness
If you have severe Raynaud's you can talk to your doctor about medical treatments. Some medications can help widen the blood vessels like vasodilators and calcium channel blockers, while others medications may aggravate the situation.
Wellness
I myself believe strongly in the power of miracles, however, I will not put my life on hold for something that may not manifest itself in my lifetime. I would much rather be prepared for the wreckage, than live in fear of it.
Parenting
"Mom, can I get a pair of UGGS? I've never had a pair in my whole life." Should I alert the media? My daughter has lived nine years without ever slipping her foot into an UGG boot! This is madness!
Women
"Since you killed Dad today, I'll buy the pie." I uttered those precise words to my sister, Heidi, on December 1, 2013. Before you call the cops, let me explain.
Wellness
Life is a fragile thing. In an instant it can be destroyed by a circumstance beyond your control; the existence you knew shattered like glass beneath your feet.
Healthy Living
In 1982, management consultant and former competitive figure skater, Sharon Monsky was diagnosed with scleroderma (in Latin "hard skin") a rare, potentially fatal disease that hardens the skin and internal organs and often strikes women of child-bearing age.