TEAM KRISTINE Team Page

2014 Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma - Van Nuys/Sherman Oaks, CA

TEAM KRISTINE

Greetings,

Two years after being diagnosed with Scleroderma, our lives have been such a crazy roller coaster, but we're all still standing strong.

Scleroderma is the hardening of skin and tissues. This condition affects 300,000 Americans. There are also many kinds of Scleroderma. And each person's experience with scleroderma also varies.

Limited Scleroderma is the most common kind of scleroderma. This type mostly affects the skin and is often concentrated to one particular area of the body. I have Systemic Scleroderma which affects the internal organs, and in my case, my lungs. 

Because of Scleroderma, I developed Interstitial Lung Disease. Causing scar tissue to develope in my lungs compromising my breathing. Now, I only have 39% Lung Capacity and 26% Diffusion Rate/DLCO (the rate the lungs absorbs oxygen and release carbon dioxyde). Scleroderma has also caused me to always be in pain and constantly fatigued. I am now also needing supplemental oxygen using a big noisy oxygen concentrator at night and carrying around a portable one when i'm out for extended periods of time.

Living with a rare incurable disease is something that has changed us and the way we feel and think about everything. We have learned to not take good health for granted. We've learned the value of family and friendships. We have learned to celebrate life every time we get a chance to. We have learned to live a life of purpose. We have learned to be thankful for everything, no matter how small, because each one is a blessing.

The Scleroderma Foundation has brought us so much support and information that we desperately needed. Through this organization, we've met some of the most amazing individuals who has Scleroderma or has family with this condition. This group of people are so inspiring and they give so much hope to people like me. 

Come join us to Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma! If you cannot walk/run, please consider making a contribution to this cause. All donations make an impact in spreading awareness and doing research for those affected by Scleroderma.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my Team Page! And don't forget to Register if you want to walk with us on June 8th at La Mirada Regional Park, CA. To register click Join Team, to donate click Support Team.

-Kristine

go here for the promo video
http://youtu.be/hkXLyNr-1VI

Find out more about Kristine's fight at http://www.hopefightbelieve.org and like us on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/teamkristinefund

TEAM KRISTINE Raised
I've made a personal gift! Emmanuel Munda $105.00
I've made a personal gift! Ray and Sara Bulaon $70.00
I've made a personal gift! Damian Lewis $105.00
I've made a personal gift! Hector Quiambao $35.00
Team Gifts $1,405.00
Denotes a Team Captain