Spokane, Washington (United States)
Scleroderma Stories Issue 2
Please introduce yourself
My name is Cat Davis. I am from Spokane Washington. I was diagnosed with Scleroderma at the age of 22, and I am 32 years old. So, I have had Scleroderma for ten years now. I love my family and friends so much. They are what keeps me going.
I have had cats, two of them, for about 7 years now. They are amazing and such great company. I also have a Toy Cockapoo named Gigi. She is such a lover and really has helped me with my mental health and has allowed me to realize that animal therapy is a real and true thing.
Last fall, my health declined, and I was in a bad place mentally. I had always wanted a dog, but kept pushing it back, but I bit the bullet and decided that living with scleroderma doesn’t allow me the luxury of time, so I just went out and got her. It has been the best decision that I have ever made.
I love my fur critters to death! They have saved my life, and they allow me to get out of bed every day and care for them, which in turn cares for me. I am also really involved with my church, and I love listening to podcasts and watching documentaries.
What are you passionate about?
I would say that my number one passion in life is helping others. It’s really important for my mental health and for my own journey to give back and help other patients like me, whether they are terminal, living with cancer, or just depressed. I find a great sense of purpose in helping people.
God has definitely blessed me with a gift in my ability to be very open about my struggles physically and mentally dealing with scleroderma. I find that, in sharing my story, it helps other individuals going through a tough time, and that I find very fulfilling. Helping others in turn helps me emotionally.
The biggest way that I reach others is through my Cure for Cat website. I started the Cure for Cat website after my very first stem cell transplant in 2013, and that allowed me to share my journey. In turn, people find me through the website and ask me questions about doctors or advice. Honestly, social media has been a huge facilitator of my passion for helping others.
Have you had to make adjustments to your hobbies and interests to accommodate for scleroderma?
When were you diagnosed?
Would you say, looking back now, that your disease was hard to treat or that it progressed quickly?
When did you first meet another scleroderma patient?
Which symptom is the hardest for you to deal with?
What is the scariest or hardest part of living with scleroderma?
How has scleroderma affected your family, social, and dating life?
How has scleroderma changed your life?
How would you describe scleroderma in two words?
What advice do you have for people with scleroderma and other fibrotic diseases?
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