Scleroderma Foundation Greater Chicago Chapter

Information and inspiration for scleroderma patients and caregivers. Serving people in Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana.

Category Archives: Personal Stories

Thriving with Functional Medicine

Joanne Pappas Nottage, a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach and speaker at our April 2017 Patient Education Conference, spent years struggling to get correctly diagnosed and treated for her autoimmune … Continue reading

July 13, 2017 · 1 Comment

Top Fundraiser Shares Secret to Success

This summer’s walks kick off on Saturday, June 24 in Madison and we couldn’t be more excited for this year’s top notch crew of walkers and fundraisers! We reached out … Continue reading

June 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Spotlight: Aissa Norris, Support Group Leader, Decatur/Springfield

Recently we interviewed Aissa Norris, our newest support group leader! She’ll be leading the Central Illinois support group and would love to see you there! If you’re interested in joining … Continue reading

May 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Spotlight: Valarie Hutchison, Support Group Leader, Green Bay/NE Wisconsin

Recently we interviewed Valarie Hutchison, one of our support group leaders! She talks about the benefits of joining a group, advice for patients and finding inspiration. She invites you to get involved … Continue reading

November 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

How I Turned My Life Around by Not Letting Scleroderma Define Me

Kelly Kohls has battled scleroderma for the past 13 years and is dedicated to learning how to more effectively deal with the hardships and struggles that accompany the disease. Over … Continue reading

November 3, 2016 · 1 Comment

Knock Out Scleroderma!

Many brave souls made their way to UFC Gym on May 21, 2016 for an action-packed morning of boxing at the 2nd annual Knock Out Scleroderma! The McCaffrey family started this … Continue reading

June 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

How Exercise Can Change Your Life: One Patient’s Inspiring Journey and Practical Tips for Everyone

Christina Montalvo is a Corrective Exercise Specialist and Nutrition Coach. She met Marie, a scleroderma patient, almost four years ago at a local gym and started focusing on improving Marie’s … Continue reading

February 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Spotlight: Britney Helm, Support Group Leader, Milwaukee

Recently we interviewed Britney Helm, one of our new support group leaders! She’s excited to be starting a group in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and invites you to get involved. If you are … Continue reading

January 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

Thriving with Scleroderma

Lisa Helfand shared her personal journey at the Spring 2015 Scleroderma Patient Education Conference, with a presentation titled “Thriving with Scleroderma.” In case you missed it, the inspirational video is posted … Continue reading

November 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Spotlight: Franny Kaplan, Support Group Leader, Highland Park

Recently we interviewed Franny Kaplan, our newest support group leader! She’s excited to be starting a group on the North Shore of Chicago, in Highland Park, IL and invites you to … Continue reading

March 20, 2015 · 1 Comment