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5 Ways You Can Help Raise Awareness of Scleroderma

If you’re a patient, a family member or a friend who wants to do more to help someone suffering from a chronic illness, spreading awareness is one of the greatest gifts you can give. Awareness can mean big changes, including more money for more resources and research into more effective treatments and diagnostic tests. Awareness…

Scleroderma Stories: McCoy Penland

It’s quite rare for a child to be diagnosed with scleroderma. According to the Cleveland Clinic, there are only between 5,000 and 7,000 children in the United States who have the disease. Of those affected, two-thirds are female. McCoy Penland was just 4 years old when her…

Management of Daily Skills: Hand and Face Exercises

Scleroderma is a rare autoimmune condition whereby the body produces too much collagen, which presents widespread symptoms in different parts of the body. MORE: Do you know the main areas of the body affected by scleroderma? In this Scleroderma Foundation video, Janet Poole, Ph.D. talks…

Hard Life, Hard Skin: A Scleroderma Documentary

Scleroderma is a rare but chronic autoimmune disease where the body overproduces collagen. This extra collagen makes the skin and other internal organs stiff and tight, which can result in many medical problems. MORE: 10 important symptoms of scleroderma In this video shared by N Williams, student…

Scleroderma Journeys: Sharing Patient Stories

Scleroderma is a rare but chronic autoimmune disease where the body overproduces collagen. This extra collagen makes the skin and other internal organs stiff and tight, which can result in many medical problems. MORE: Dr. Burt talks about hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) and results of recent clinical trials…

4 Tips for Managing Scleroderma on a Daily Basis

A scleroderma diagnosis can leave a person reeling with different emotions. It’s important to know that while there is no cure, the disease can be managed and for many, treatment can limit the impact it has on their lives. According to the Scleroderma Foundation, there are a…

6 Recommendations For Eating Well With Scleroderma

According to the Scleroderma Foundation, what we eat ends up affecting our body and our health in many ways. Fruits and vegetables are beneficial foods since they provide our bodies with energy and essential nutrients. On the other hand, processed junk foods are devoid of nutrients and when consumed in large quantities can potentially be harmful to…

10 Scleroderma Facts to Know About

Scleroderma is an autoimmune disorder. This means it occurs when the body’s immune system malfunctions. It mistakenly identifies healthy cells as foreign cells and starts attacking and destroying them. Scleroderma is just one of many autoimmune diseases. It’s a chronic rheumatic disease that affects the body by hardening connective tissue.