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#1 Amanda Thorpe

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Posted 18 January 2016 - 02:22 PM

So my sister does have follicular lupus after all. Ironic that I have a "skin disease" as well.

One identical twin has diffuse systemic scleroderma, the other follicular lupus. Can someone please explain how genetic doubles have different diseases!

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Posted 20 January 2016 - 01:16 AM

Hi  Amanda,

 

That IS very interesting and I am sorry you both have such unique illnesses.  However, I do bet there are research groups out there that would love to drain you both dry, from blood samples, in order to explore such a unique situation!   :wink:

 

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Posted 20 January 2016 - 02:21 PM

Hi Amanda,

 

That's fascinating that your identical twin sister has follicular lupus, and you have systemic sclerosis. I think it makes a fair amount of sense, because you are both probably genetically predisposed to getting some sort of autoimmune disease on a basic level, and by a roll of the dice, the inflammation affected you each in different ways. (See Causes of Scleroderma: DNA, Genetics, Race)

 

Take a gander at our Scleroderma Registry section, and see if there's an appropriate place to donate some of your DNA. You'll see there is an Twins with Autoimmune registry in the U.S., but I don't know if there is one just like that in the UK, or not.

 

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Posted 21 January 2016 - 11:17 AM

Hi Amanda,

 

It is interesting that both you and your sister have contracted different autoimmune diseases, although I bet you both would have foregone the interest to have neither of you afflicted.

 

I'm really sorry that your family have another health problem to contend with.

 

Best wishes to you both.


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#5 Amanda Thorpe

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Posted 22 January 2016 - 07:30 PM

Hey guys! So I got the sticky end of the lollypop stick, am I right? Unfair in the extreme!

Margaret you made me laugh! Shelley, there's no such thing here in the UK unfortunately and Jo, you're right!
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