In this Scleroderma Foundation interview from 2014, we find out a little bit about what it’s like to be diagnosed at a young age with scleroderma.
As an 18-year-old college student at the University of Louisville in Kentucky, Ashton Cooper has a lot going on in her life and having scleroderma certainly doesn’t make her life any easier.
Diagnosed at just seven years old after approximately 18 months of medical tests and exams, Ashton has had to fight off bullies as well as fight the disease, but now she is enjoying life to the max. In the interview, she explains how difficult it was for her when she was younger to fully understand what having scleroderma meant, and how she had to change schools because of taunting.
However, she now has a very optimistic outlook on life and is determined to do the best she can. Once she’s graduated, Ashton hopes to join the Peace Corp and would like to work for a non-profit organization.
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