From: Do I move to Queensland?
Posted 27 March 2011 - 09:06 PM
I was diagnosed with Scleroderma 25 years ago. I was very very ill for the first few years and one day in late 1988 I decided if I was going to die, it wasn't going to be in my bed in Melbourne. I didn't quite know how I was going to do it, but I booked an airline ticket to London, rang my aunt and asked if I could stay with her for 6 weeks. I arranged a wheelchair at both ends, with oxygen and a medical clearance and I went. It was autumn in London and it was as though a miracle had been performed. I felt well and was active. People there thought the stories of my expected death were premature. I can't tell you why this happened.
I decided then and there that what ever it was in the change of climate I would repeat it as often as I could. Since then I have rarely spent a winter in Melbourne. My ulcers only start to reappear if I end up here in winter as I did last year. My general health seems much better although this doesn't stop the slow progression of various symptoms.
Interestingly I find that I survive winter in London better than I do in Melbourne. I think it is something to do with the type of heating (hydronic?), and the fact that everything is well heated including all transport. I find the sudden changes of temperature in Melbourne winter and summer the most difficult to deal with.
15 years ago my husband left and I was forced to face difficult circumstances. I rented out my house to pay a big mortgage I had to take on, went to London to live for half the year (the warmish bit), was able to find work at 50 years of age. I took work on 3 month contracts so I could back out if my health was cracking up, as it did a number of times. I house sat and was able to save enough to live for the other half the year in Australia. I gave up having a home for 8 years, but the Reynards certainly wasn't a problem. I concentrated on making friends, doing my new job and generally keeping my mind of the disease.
I am now retired, but as with so many of us, with insufficient money to live on. I still try to get to London for part of each year, continuing to house sit for accomodation. I have thought of going to Queensland but I don't like the humidity, don't know how I would make a life for myself either.
Posted 28 March 2011 - 03:51 AM
Welcome to our forum and thank you for your very interesting post regarding they way you have dealt with the changing weather of Melbourne.
You certainly have a long trip to London but sounds great. You certainly took a risk and it has paid off.
I agree that moving to a humid climate is not an answer to Raynaud's and ulcers.
Nia is my daughter and lives with me here in Melbourne. Of course the fact that being able to scratch a living by working is a bonus.
You are an inspiration to others and hope to hear from you again.
Posted 28 March 2011 - 02:28 PM
Welcome to these forums!
Firstly, congratulations for dealing with Scleroderma for the last 25 years; I'm a comparative newcomer having only been diagnosed for the last 20 months.
It sounds as though you have found a way to deal with Raynaud's and the ulcers quite successfully and although I certainly couldn't recommend the English climate having lived in the UK all my life, I can see that it has obviously helped you a lot, as has your very positive attitude.
I'm very much looking forward to reading more of your posts.
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Posted 28 March 2011 - 03:08 PM
Welcome to the forums! I think what you did was amazing as is having lived so long with scleroderma. You've obviously had obstacles along the way and yet you have overcome them and no doubt will continue to do so.
Take care and keep posting.
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Posted 28 March 2011 - 04:38 PM
As a pommy with a lot of problems that go with Raynauds I was 15 when diagnosed but 50ish at this time - I can cope with colder climes but when it comes to air conditioning it is a killer. I have found air conditioning and Raynauds is not a good mix!
Extra layers are good but we all know you need to keep out of the drafts and keep warm. The Canaries Isles are my warmer climes, when I have the holidays, funds permitting, and the benefits have been worth every penny.
Heat every time for me and everything gets and feels better.
Posted 28 March 2011 - 08:04 PM
Welcome to the ISN forum. It is certainly a good place to find information and also to give tips to others about the best way you find of dealing with so many symptoms.
I know what you mean about air-conditioning. It is not only cold, but feels like a chemical cold!!! It blasts either right down your neck, or onto your feet and getting goods out of the freezer department in shopping centres can be a nightmare.
Thanks for your advice and hope to hear from you more.