Meet Gabriella Zalar.
“This is the story of how I found out that I have Scleroderma, plus a few other things about my life.
Although I do not have generalized scleroderma at this point, many other people have horrible, crippling, and life-threatening effects that are far worse than what scleroderma has done to me.
I wanted to make this video because many people with scleroderma are ashamed of having this disease and many of them are depressed because we are different and because this disease is dangerous.
One of my many goals in life is to raise scleroderma awareness because many people who have the disease do not find out until the effects are irreversible, I also want to try to make the ones who are afflicted by this disease feel less alone in their struggle.
I know that when I was first diagnosed I just became lost in my own thoughts and worries about the disease. It can be scary and maddening to be told that you have a disease that is absolutely unique to how fast it progresses and the way that it can affect your body.
There is no known cause or cure, but if we can become a tighter community that shares all of our experiences then we will be one step closer to more effective treatments. I am excited for the day that scientists figure out the metabolic pathways of scleroderma, and I believe that those metabolic pathways have a lot to do with trans fat, saturated fat, and excess protein in the diet.
I am vegan because animal products are filled with trans fat, saturated fat. Although my scleroderma has hurt me physically and mentally, I thank having this disease because without it I would not be the person I am today.”
Learn more about scleroderma here: http://bit.ly/learnscleroderma