My husband had all kinds of things happening to him that just did not seem right. We went to doctor after doctor, to emergency rooms, and finally to a rheumatologist, since these strange symptoms came upon him about three months ago.
At one of the emergency rooms, I asked the doctor to just take an educated guess. He said, "I think he has scleroderma."
Neither one of us had ever heard of scleroderma, so I asked the nurse to write it down for me. Then I started surfing the Web and came upon your wonderful Web site! I truly think if it had not been for you I would not have found out that my husband has CREST. I would really like to say that instead of second-guessing, we now know what he has so we can deal with it properly.
I would like all the patients out there to be persistent. Do not give up! You can deal with this. Trust me, if I can, you can too! There are medications out there which help the symptoms. We are just starting to find this entire thing out. I have found that my faith really helps me through this.
My husband asked, "Why is this happening to me?" Now we know why: it is so that we can share with others out there who suffer with this disease. I have personally cried rivers over this as I felt so useless. But now I know we must share with all of you. Please do not give up, be persistent, and share with others.
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