I was diagnosed with scleroderma three years ago. I am having a hard time understanding my illness, and its symptoms. I am in a stage of exploration and self-discovery. I have tried to find different therapies and sometimes I feel fine, but then I have a crisis, I fall, pick myself up again, time and time again.
I am thirty-four, with two children, one is seventeen and the other eleven. I have a lot to fight for, I am mother and father to them.
I would like to find someone to talk to, that understands what is happening to me without pitying me, because that's what I see in people's eyes, pity, perhaps sometimes I even see it in myself.
Cheers and good luck.
Email: csoledad [email protected]
Story edited 06-13-2010 JTD
Story posted 07-01-2010 SLE
Story Artist: Shelley Ensz
Story Translator: Alba León
Story Editor: Judith Thompson Devlin
(Español/Spanish) Soledad: Paciente con Esclerodermia Difusa con CREST
Acerca de la Esclerodermia
CREST Syndrome Stories
Diffuse Scleroderma Stories
Emotional Adjustment: Coping
Emotional Adjustment Stories
Medical: Diseases and Symptoms
Scleroderma Experts (Worldwide)
Symptoms of Systemic Scleroderma
Types of Scleroderma
What is Scleroderma?
ISN Translator and Editor: Alba León
Alba León is the ISN Translator for this page. She is studying international relations in Mexico City.
United Way of Central New Mexico
United Way of Snohomish County
See ISN News for recent donors, including Juliet Youkhana; and donations in loving memory of Jim Miller and Arlene Marie Petulla.
Click Here to Donate or Shop
or click on the floating green DONATE sclero.org button.
SCLERO.ORG is the world leader for trustworthy research, support, education and awareness for scleroderma and related illnesses, such as pulmonary hypertension. We are a service of the nonprofit International Scleroderma Network (ISN), which is a 501(c)(3) U.S.-based public charitable foundation, established in 2002. Meet Our Team, or Volunteer. Donations may also be mailed to: