My mother Byrda suffers from five autoimmune related diseases including “Systemic Scleroderma“, Morphea, Localized Scleroderma, Raynauds phenomenon, and discoid Lupus.

Scleroderma is a connective tissue disease and  Mom has been hospitalized many times.  She has undergone skin grafts taken from her thighs to place and heal the open ulcers on the shins of her legs, from her knees down to her toes. Mom experiences Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH) with this disease, which makes her heart have to work faster since her pulmonary arteries constrict abnormally.

Sometimes her hands, ears and mouth are white as snow from Raynaud’s as this interferes with blood flow. Raynaud’s is a rare disorder that affects the arteries, blood vessels that carry blood from your heart to different parts of your body.

Mom has red spots all over her face that she has to cover every day due to discoid Lupus, another autoimmune disease where her immune system attacks healthy tissue, leading to chronic inflammation.

And, my Mom also has Multiple Sclerosis, Erythema Nodosum as well as Sarcoidosis.  Despite all of these conditions, my Mom still has hope — it’s definitely in Mom’s genes!

Kimberly Radomski

1 thought on “My Mom Still has Hope Despite Battling Five Autoimmune Diseases (Scleroderma, Morphea, PAH, Lupus, and Raynaud’s)”

  1. Barbara Lane says:

    Your mom is amazing and has a wonderful attitude. Attitude in her situation is so important, it keeps us going. Knowing God is important too, I bet she knows Him ! You are very lucky to have you mom so close, keep on being there for her, loving her, and understand what she is going they that doesn’t show..because..” She doesn’t look sick ! ” prayers coming her way !

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