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.”