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Katie: Morphea

One night I showed my best friend and she immediately insisted that I show my parents.

Roses for Katie by Sherrill Knaggs, ISN Artist I developed morphea on my lower abdomen around the time I was twelve years old. I am now twenty-one. I had no idea what it was and did not think it was anything serious, so I kept it to myself for about two years.

Then one night I showed my best friend, and she immediately insisted that I show my parents. After visiting many physicians who were clueless, a dermatologist told me I had generalized morphea, but he did not know much else about it.

Since that time many new areas have become affected. Not only are they all around my midsection, I now have many spots on my breasts and have recently found a spot on the back of my knee.

I am sure that more will appear, but that's all right. What is the sense in worrying about it? If a treatment is found, great! As long as I have my faith, no problem is too great!

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Email: Withheld by request
Story submitted: 11-26-02
Story posted:1-2-02

Story Editor: Sherry Jo Young
Story Preparer: Judith R. Thompson
ISN Senior Artist: Sherrill Knaggs
Morphea Scleroderma

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: Sherry Jo Young

Sherry Jo Young was the ISN Story Editor for this story.

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