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Jo H: Systemic Sclerosis

This is a rapid onset!

Cherry Blossoms for Jo by Sherrill Knaggs, ISN Artist I was diagnosed three months ago with Systemic Sclerosis. I am a thirty-five-year-old woman with a four-year-old daughter. I have only been sick for ten months, so this is a rapid onset.

Raynaud's came first. Within weeks, came swelling and joint pain; then a terrible pressure in my head. I have pain in the muscles of my eyes. It is not Sjögren's. It is believed to be inflammation in the eye muscles. After about six months I began to notice I could not make a fist. I did some research and knew what the diagnosis would be. By the time I got the diagnosis I had tightening of skin up to my elbows, feet, and now my stomach. I have a hard time walking because my feet hurt so much. I also have episodes of shortness of breath.

I am eagerly awaiting an appointment with Dr. Korn at Boston University in a few weeks. I cherish every day with my daughter and only wish I had lived every day differently before I got sick. I also hope my daughter will never have to deal with this disease as it should not be hereditary. I look forward to hearing from other scleroderma patients.

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Jo H.
New email address needed.
Old Email Prefix: joe4th
Story posted 8-22-02
Email note posted 01-18-05 SLE

ISN Senior Artist: Sherrill Knaggs
Story Editor: Judith Devlin
In Memory of Dr. Korn
Systemic Sclerosis

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!

Go to Jo P: Limited Scleroderma and Raynaud's

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