Like many people with autoimmune diseases, I receive therapeutic plasma exchange treatments. It is, however, less common for folks with scleroderma. Because I go to the Apheresis clinic twice per week this summer I tried to get a new port for access.
I read about Post-Traumatic growth for this first time in March on the Heart Sisters Blog. Life with a chronic illness-scleroderma- may have gotten worse on a physical level, but I felt conflicted because in some deeper ways I believed that I was changed for the better.
I was surprised when picking-up my new PPI prescription to find out that these drugs, when taken over long-periods of time by scleroderma patients (and others with serious GERD) can lead to osteoporosis. I was little concerned about having a bone density test but it was actually breeze!