Author Archives: Amy Gietzen

Scleroderma Brings Both Endings and Beginnings

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S. in March 2020, it was like time stood still. Many chronic illness patients were on high alert, constantly afraid of contracting the virus. Given the complexity of my disease, scleroderma, even the common cold can land me in the hospital, fighting for…

Never Have I Ever: A Game of Life Lessons

As young adults, my friends and I used to play a drinking game called Never Have I Ever. The rules were simple: Someone calls out something they’ve never done. If you haven’t done it, either, you do not take a sip of your beverage. However, if you have participated in…

The Traveling Woes I Face as a Scleroderma Patient

My traveling days have been few and far between since I was diagnosed with systemic scleroderma in 2001. Now, it’s even more difficult due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, I was invited to participate in an ad that will promote clinical trials, so last month, I traveled from my home…