Scleroderma Stories: Kelly Clemeshaw

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This video from SclerodermaSoCal is all about Kelly Clemeshaw. Kelly began experiencing symptoms of scleroderma in 1992 when she was still in high school. She suffered from swelling of the hands and face, chronic fatigue and Raynaud’s syndrome. She was later diagnosed with the disease in 1994.

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Kelly explains that in addition to affecting her hands, face, and range of movement, the disease has also affected her energy levels and emotional well-being. She says that one of the hardest things about having scleroderma is having to be selfish and put her health first. This is particularly difficult for Kelly since she’s a mom to two young boys.

Kelly talks about the importance of the Scleroderma Foundation both in terms of supporting patients and their families, but also for the research they do.

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