Michael F. Bessert, 62

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In August 2013, Michael was diagnosed with systemic scleroderma limited, then re-diagnosed with diffuse the following October. Almost immediately, he reached out to the Scleroderma Foundation Michigan Chapter.

Now, as a fully sanctioned advocate both locally and nationally, Michael has:

  • Spoken to medical students at Central Michigan University seven times
  • Facilitated bi-monthly educational webinars for the Michigan Chapter
  • Become a certified Patient Peer Mentor through the University of Michigan
  • Become an advocate for Rare Disease Legislative Advocacy

“With a scleroderma diagnosis, I was served lemons,” he said. “I’m proud that I made lemonade.”