Eureka’s Story—Day by Day
EUREKA: A lot of people have never heard of scleroderma before. So anytime I see someone and they ask me what's going on with me, I always like to tell them what scleroderma is and let them know that it means hard skin. That it causes your organs to harden.
It affects everybody different. It, it can attack all your organs in your body. Mine have attacked my lungs and my GI system, and a little bit of the heart. And I just let everybody know that there's no cure.
I was diagnosed with scleroderma in 2005. I have never heard of scleroderma when I was diagnosed. In the beginning, I experienced numbness and tingling and weakness in my legs. You just have to figure it out for yourself and just keep fighting for each new symptoms. Just go from there. Everybody is not the same with their diagnosis. Everybody's symptoms are different. Everything is treated different. My family has been a major support. I know it's been hard on them. If I was just alone and didn't have my family, I probably would have gave up. And my husband is my main cheerleader. He's always there.
Since being diagnosed, it has been a major change in my lifestyle. Since I'm not as active as I was when I was first diagnosed due to the lung disease, a lot of the activities that I do now is just reading a lot of mystery novels, cross-stitching, making baby blankets for friends and family.
With scleroderma, I still love to get out and walk in the parks, in the squares of Savannah, and enjoy the beautiful trees, the oak trees and the weeping willows. With scleroderma I just playing day by day. Because I have my family and such a huge support system, it just give me the strength just to keep fighting this disease every day.
The first time Eureka heard of scleroderma was when she received her diagnosis in 2005. Her life has changed since then, but she enjoys spending time with her family, cross-stitching, reading, and walking through her beautiful city.