Queenstown, Eastern Cape (South Africa)
TRACEY DE KLERK
Scleroderma Stories Issue 1
What led to your diagnosis
It happened in 2014. I was coughing constantly, so my doctor had me tested for TB. Then, I started having body pains so bad that I could not get out of bed.
My doctor referred me to Port Elizabeth, a big city where they have better medical facilities and specialists. I had two specialists, a pulmonologist and a rheumatologist, look me over, and they suspected scleroderma.
All of my blood tests came back normal, but my chest x-rays and CT scan showed a problem with my lungs. They booked me into the hospital for a lung biopsy, and the results came back positive for scleroderma. The doctors put me on Prednisone and an autoimmune suppressant.
Could you please tell us how you felt after being diagnosed?
In what ways has scleroderma affected your lifestyle or mindset?
What helps you stay positive and continue to fight this disease?
What advice do you have for those with scleroderma or other chronic illnesses?
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