Richmond, Virginia (United States)
CHRISTINE HAINES GREENBERG
Scleroderma Stories Issue 1
Could you please tell us about your journey?
I live in Richmond, Virginia, but I grew up in Germany as an Army brat. I came to Richmond for college in 2003 and have lived here ever since. I own a bridal shop and wedding planning company with my mom. I am married with a 3-year-old little boy and another little boy on the way (due in March).
Owning two businesses means I do not have a lot of time for hobbies, but I love spending time with my family, enjoying wine and trashy TV with my girlfriends, reading, and traveling.
I was diagnosed with scleroderma in 2013 when I was 28 years old. I have had Raynaud’s symptoms since 2010. Embarking on another pregnancy with scleroderma (and I am now showing signs of lupus in my blood) was scary, but I have a wonderful husband, parents, friend group, and team of doctors that support me.
I eat well, focusing on anti-inflammatory foods as much as possible, and keep my body as healthy as I can. I have mild lung damage but, thankfully, no other major symptoms (yet). My goal is to stay active with my doctors and stay positive with my outlook on things.
How did you feel after being diagnosed with scleroderma?
How have you made changes to your lifestyle or mindset?
What medical workups/treatments have you had in addition to annual breathing tests and CT lung scans?
What advice do you have for those with scleroderma or other chronic illnesses?
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