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eLetter #840 | November 22, 2019  

Giving Thanks 2019

Giving Thanks!

As the brilliant colors of autumn fill us with appreciation for nature’s beauty, our hearts are filled with gratitude for those who journey by our side.

As you celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends, the Scleroderma Foundation gives thanks for your generosity and for your embrace of everyone touched by scleroderma.

Thank you!
Your friends at the Scleroderma Foundation

SPIN-SSLED Support Group Leader Training

Become a Support Group Leader

The Scleroderma Patient-centered Intervention Network (SPIN) Scleroderma Support Group Leader Education program (SPIN-SSLED) is a training program that provides potential new support group leaders with information and resources to help them feel more confident in their role.  

The program involves 13 weekly sessions of 60-90 minutes led a trained instructor, with each week tackling one aspect of leading a support group.  Participants can attend the online videoconference sessions from the comfort of their own homes.  Additional resources include a workbook, online forum, and online resource center with educational videos and activity ideas.

To be eligible, participants must be a member of the Scleroderma Foundation and be interested in starting a scleroderma support group in the near future, either online, by telephone, or in person.  Participants must be at least 18 years old and have regular access to a computer with an Internet connection.  



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Your Congressperson Loves Mail

Really!  That's how they know what you're thinking.  And, the Scleroderma Foundation has made it easy.  We wrote a letter for you.  All you have to do is print it, sign it, scan it, and email it to us.  We hand deliver the letters for you!

Go to to find the letters asking your U.S. Representative and Senators to co-sponsor H.R. 3446 and S. 2477, respectively.  

Email the signed letters to  If you don't have a scanner, send them via U.S. Mail to Scleroderma Foundation, ATTN: Advocacy, 300 Rosewood Drive, Suite 105, Danvers, MA 01923.

The bills are identical and are titled National Commission on Scleroderma and Fibrotic Diseases Act of 2019. They are bipartisan and budget-neutral and are designed to improve coordination of research related to scleroderma and other fibrotic diseases that is already funded by the National Institutes of Health.


November is Open Enrollment on

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November is Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month

Anyone can be diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension (PH). Common symptoms include breathlessness, fatigue, dizziness, fainting, chest pain, and swelling in the arms and legs. If you're experiencing these symptoms, consider speaking to your doctor about getting screened for PH.


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10 Myths About Raynaud's Phenomenon
WEBINAR: Tue., Dec. 10, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Eastern

Get the facts for a warmer, more comfortable life. NeedyMeds' partner, the Raynaud's Association, will offer resources for support and education to help those living with Raynaud's to lead a fuller life.


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Patients Matter

Watch Patients Matter: How Rare Disease Patients Can Move Scientific Discovery Forward.  The video was produced by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration as part of its Patients Matter video series to share how individuals, caregivers, and advocates can get involved in natural history studies and clinical trials to help scientists develop treatments for rare diseases. The Patients Matter Video Series is a series of short videos developed by F.D.A.’s Patient Affairs Staff to teach individuals and other stakeholders about the F.D.A. and patient engagement efforts, and to encourage individuals to share their perspectives on living with a disease or condition.


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When you have pulmonary hypertension, sometimes the simplest tasks can be a struggle.

Join the conversation about handling fatigue.

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Disclaimer: The Scleroderma Foundation in no way endorses any drugs, treatments, clinical trials, or studies reported in the eLetter. Information is provided to keep the readers informed. Because the manifestations and severity of scleroderma vary among individuals, personalized medical management is essential. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that all drugs and treatments be discussed with the reader’s physician(s) for proper evaluation and treatment.

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