I was diagnosed with scleroderma in July 2016 after a year of being misdiagnosed. I was losing flexibility, but it wasn’t until my skin started to change color that I realized something was really wrong.
My biggest daily challenge with scleroderma is being fatigued. It doesn’t matter how much sleep I get at night, I still wake up tired, so naturally I want to get more rest. Every day I have to push myself to get up. I take vitamins and supplements to help maintain energy throughout the day.
The last four years have been very challenging and painful. I had to transfer from Christopher Newport University to the University of Mary Washington because of my health issues. But I am happy to announce that I graduated from the University of Mary Washington on May 11, 2019, with a B.S. in Business Administration. I majored in accounting, with a minor in financial and qualitative analysis.