Author Archives: Wendy Henderson

6 Tips to Help Control Raynaud’s Phenomenon Flares

For scleroderma patients, Raynaud’s phenomenon symptoms are much more apparent in the winter when the brutal cold takes its toll. However, there are ways to manage the condition that can help sufferers quickly recover from a flare and get the circulation flowing again. We’ve put together a list of six tips to…

The Effects of Living With Scleroderma

Writer Amy Gietzen has lived with scleroderma for 16 years. Diagnosed with the condition at 19, she has seen her body go through many changes and has had to adjust to the hardships life has thrown her way due to the disease. MORE: Professional gardener explains how scleroderma and Raynaud’s affect her…

11 Fast Facts About Systemic Sclerosis

Systemic sclerosis or scleroderma is a rare autoimmune disease where the body generates too much collagen. This overproduction of collagen causes thickening and hardening of the skin and other organs. We’ve put together a list of fast facts about systemic sclerosis with help from the Scleroderma Foundation. MORE: Seven common misconceptions about scleroderma Scleroderma…

5 Ways Scleroderma Can Affect Your Eyes

Because scleroderma is an autoimmune disease that affects connective tissue, symptoms and complications can appear in any part of the body, including the eyes. We’ve put together a list of some of the most common eye complications experienced by people living with scleroderma, with help from the Arthritis Foundation and …

6 Ways Bob Saget Has Been Helping the Scleroderma Cause

Bob Saget is a television host, actor and comedian. He is also a very vocal advocate for scleroderma. Saget’s involvement with the scleroderma community began in 1989 when he met Sharon Monsky, the founder of the Scleroderma Research Foundation. Back then the foundation was in its infancy and Monsky asked…

7 Scleroderma Complications

Because scleroderma can affect any organ of the body, patients symptoms and complications vary greatly, according to the Mayo Clinic. Here are seven common complications: 1. Fingertips As a result of Raynaud’s disease (experiences by most with scleroderma) blood flow to the hands becomes so restricted that the tissues at the fingertips become…

5 Skin Problems Associated With Scleroderma

Scleroderma broken down literally means hard skin — sclero (skin) and derma (hard) — but hard skin isn’t the only skin-related issue people living with the condition have to deal with. MORE: Eight scleroderma-related conditions you should look out for According to Scleroderma and Raynaud’s UK,…

How Scleroderma Affects the Gastrointestinal System

This video from the Scleroderma Foundation, Greater Chicago Chapter features the presentation Dr. Michael Brown made at the Scleroderma Patient Education Conference in Oakbrook, IL in April 2017. MORE: The effects of living with scleroderma Dr. Brown explains how it’s important that people with scleroderma look…