A month ago, I was diagnosed with localized morphea. Due to this diagnosis, I am having second thoughts about having another child, which I want so much. At present, I have a one-year-old baby girl. I am weighing the pros and cons on this topic because of the disease I have been diagnosed with.
The dermatologist that I have been seeing, came up with this diagnosis after doing a skin biopsy which resulted positive to scleroderma. All I can recall about the conversation with my doctor was that I had scleroderma morphea.
It all started when I began noticing red blemishes on my forearms, which sometime later turned hard and changed in color, somewhat lighter than the natural color of my skin. Although I have not felt any additional effects because of this illness, I have noticed new blemishes on my waistline and on my calves. These have remained red up until now.
My doctor has made me go through many lab tests, but up until now, everything has turned out negative. Seeing this, I have not taken my doctor's diagnosis too seriously.
At present, my doctor has me on a cream by the name of Visderm-H at 1%, Colchicina, and a antibiotic, because she believes that I have a bacteria hidden in my body known as 'Borrelia', but the lab tests have always shown that I am okay.
Although my family is worried about my condition, I have faith that everything will turn out well, and I believe that if I have this disease it is because God has a mission for me. All I ask God for is to give me the strength I need to face this illness. If anyone out there has any suggestions or recommendations, please contact me; I will be eternally appreciative.
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Story posted 9-26-03
ISN Senior Artist: Sherrill Knaggs
Story Translator: Edwin Lamoli-Torres
Story Editor: Judith Devlin
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Edwin Lamoli-Torres is the ISN Spanish Translator for this story. He is a retired professor from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, where he taught English as a second language.
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