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Tina M.: Keloids

I have always scarred and they never went away.

I have always scarred and they never went away. When I was seven years old I cut my heel on our stove and now at forty-six years old, it still looks the same as fresh it did when I was seven.

After I had my first surgery in August 1999, I learned I had keloids. I have lots of scars after four major surgeries.

My husband calls them my battle scars or unfinished tattoos. What is strange is that I have two tattoos and they never scarred up at all. Everything else did.

Is there a study that is free to those of us with keloids so we can find out our family history or origin?

I would like too know why I have this because my sister and brothers do not have this. I take after my father's side of the family and I think this is where the keloids come from, because no one else has it. I was told that I have a little Native American and African American bloodline so maybe that is where this comes from. All my father's family have passed away. My siblings take after my mother's side. What I have read it is passed from parent to child and so on.

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Story edited 09-23-06 JTD
Story posted 10-26-06 SLE

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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.

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