Author Archives: Wendy Henderson

Demystifying Vitamin D

Many people with chronic illnesses such as scleroderma who also have very low levels of vitamin D may be strongly advised by their doctors to take vitamin D supplements. Read here about how sclerosis activity correlates with vitamin D deficiency.  In this Demystifying Medicine video, vitamin D’s…

How Does Our Skin Make Vitamin D?

It’s thought that about 80% of scleroderma patients have a vitamin D deficiency. Because vitamin D can help with a variety of medical complaints, many people with scleroderma benefit from taking supplements of the important nutrient. Discover nine signs you could have a vitamin D deficiency here. Vitamin D can…

Hard Life, Hard Skin: A Scleroderma Documentary

Scleroderma is a rare but chronic autoimmune disease where the body over-produces collagen. This extra collagen makes the skin and other internal organs stiff and tight, which can result in many medical problems. Read about ten important symptoms of scleroderma here.  In this video shared by N…

Morphea Stories: Shannie’s Hope

In this video from Grace Sherry shared in 2013, we get to meet Shannie Carnline.  Shannie is a 16-year-old with morphea – a form of scleroderma where the connective tissues in the skin become thick and hard. Discover seven tips to help you live better with your scleroderma.

Life with Scleroderma: Dawn’s Determination

Scleroderma, a chronic autoimmune disease, occurs when the body creates too much collagen which causes connective tissues in the skin and internal organs to tighten and become hard. The disease mainly affects women between the ages of 30 and 50, but children and men can also develop scleroderma. There are approximately 2.5…

7 Benefits of Vitamin D

Vitamin D is often called the “sunshine vitamin” mostly because we can get it naturally when the sun’s UV rays interact with our skin, which triggers the vitamin’s synthesis. The VIP vitamin aids our body’s absorption of calcium to keep our bones strong and encourage healthy cells to grow.  Here are a few more health benefits of…

Project Scleroderma: Beneath the Surface

https://vimeo.com/71011928 There are approximately 2.5 million people in the world who have scleroderma — around 300,000 in the U.S. alone. Project Scleroderma – Beneath the Surface is an internet documentary led by 26-year-old Christy McCaffrey, of Philadelphia, to raise awareness of the disease that took her mother’s life in 2009. Here…

7 Facts About Scleroderma-related PAH

Scleroderma (SSc) is a rare but progressive autoimmune disease that mainly affects women between the ages of 20 and 50, although men and children can also develop the disease. Many patients who have scleroderma also develop pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Find out more: 1. According to the Scleroderma Foundation, there…

Scleroderma from Diagnosis to Symptoms

With scleroderma, connective tissues in the body’s major organs become thickened due to an overproduction of collagen.  Scleroderma most noticeably affects the skin, but it can also affect internal organs leading to other diseases such as pulmonary arterial hypertension, heart, and GI tract diseases. Read about seven common complications of…

Treatment for Scleroderma-related Interstitial Lung Disease

  Scleroderma is a chronic autoimmune disease that can attack various organs of the body. Many patients with scleroderma have interstitial lung diseases (ILDs). ILDs cause scarring of the lungs which makes breathing very difficult and life-threatening. Read about a clinical trial for a promising therapy for systemic scleroderma…