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Judy Trewartha

ISN Sclero Forums Support Specialist

Hello. My name is Judy Trewartha and I live in New Zealand which is sort of on the upside-down-side of the world. We see the new day before everybody else and sometimes it is a bit frustrating waiting for you all to catch up!

I have had Limited Scleroderma CREST since 1966 which was the year after my husband and I married and set off on our OE. (OE is a New Zealand term for "overseas experience" which is an extended working holiday.) We were away from New Zealand for 2 years and 7 months and all that time I was experiencing strange things happening to my body and was too young and afraid to do anything about it.

There were even times when I thought all my problems must be caused by stress and perhaps I had made a mistake getting married in the first place. You will be happy to know that we will celebrate our 46th anniversary this year and in fact I have had a diagnosis since 2003.

The time we spent away from this dot on the underside of the globe was in fact very, very useful. We visited a large part of Europe and have now lived in Sydney, London and Cape Town which all have very different cultures and climates. In later years we have been to the USA West Coast from San Francisco to Anchorage, and maybe we will get to some of the rest if my health will allow it. These days, just the thought of going travelling makes me want to lie down!

When I was young I was very fond of sports but alas never quite fit enough to do as much as I wanted to. My strongest ability was in swimming and I was part of the beginnings of competitive Synchronised Swimming which is now an Olympic sport. These days I don't even own a bathing suit because I can't keep warm enough even in tepid water. Spa pools and hot thermal pools are okay, but I usually have an ulcer somewhere which I need to keep dry. Forunately there are other things to do and I am a very keen patchworker. At the moment I am nearing the end of a two year stint as President of Warkworth Quilters which is a large guild in a town on the northern fringe of Greater Auckland.

Being a Support Specialist for ISN will be a very fulfilling role for me as it will keep me in touch with other lovely people, and it is something I can do no matter how I feel on a particular day.

I look forward to getting to know more of you as the days go by. My email address is [email protected].

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