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Luis: Son of a Scleroderma Survivor

Spain

Flowers for Luis by Sherrill Knaggs, ISN Artist I would like to say that I believe my mother's illness was caused by the depression she suffered due to the death of my thirteen-year-old brother.

Her nerves, depression and stress made her sick. The more depressed she became, the faster her scleroderma advanced on her hands and face.

But then, a will to live and to see her other sons grow struck her. At that moment, when her attitude changed from the path to death to the fight for life, her scleroderma stopped.

This is a message to all of those who are suffering or know of someone suffering with this rare illness. If you have passed through a big depression, try to do something that will distance yourself from being nervous, since it seems that helped stop the advance of scleroderma for my mother.

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Luis
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Story posted 8-13-02
Vol. 2 matching edits 01-04-05 SLE

ISN Senior Artist: Sherrill Knaggs
Story Editor: Judith Devlin
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This story is featured in the book Voices of Scleroderma Volume 2

ISN Artist: Sherrill Knaggs (In Loving Memory)

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.

ISN Story Editor: Judith Thompson Devlin

Photo of JudithJudith Thompson Devlin is the ISN Story Editor for this story. She is also lead editor of the ISN's wonderful Voices of Scleroderma book series!

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