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Betty W: Morphea

I had spots of it on my hand, on the top part of my arms and on the top part of my leg.

Snowflake for Betty W. by Sherrill Knaggs, ISN Artist When I was sixteen years of age I was diagnosed with morphea. I had spots of morphea on my hand, on the top part of my arms and on the top part of my leg.

The dermatologist took a biopsy of my hand and diagnosed this to be morphea. I was told they knew very little about this disease. He said if I had to have it I had the best kind, some kinds would get into your internal organs.

That was in 1984. Twenty-two years later I am fine except for some ugly spots on these places but they have lightened. Needless to say, I was very frightened as I did not know what to expect and neither did the doctor. He did say it was very rare.

I feel blessed that it ran its course without too much damage to my skin. Hopefully after this long it will never return.

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Story edited 07-12-06 JTD
Story posted 08-23-06 SLE

ISN Senior Artist: Sherrill Knaggs
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Sherrill KnaggsSherrill Knaggs, ISN Artist, created the digital photo to illustrate the story on this page. Sherrill lived in New Zealand. Her story was featured in ISN's book, Voices of Scleroderma Volume 2.

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