Extraordinary Patients

Physician with GPA Continues Medical Career Despite Facing Obstacles and Discrimination

By Gary Salzman, MD (Edited by Nina Silberstein) A diagnosis of vasculitis changed my life, but I didn’t let it ruin it. Today, I’m a 69-year-old retired physician living in Scottsdale, Arizona, who mainly practiced Geriatric Medicine, but I was also certified in Internal Medicine, and Hospice and Palliative Care.…...

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PAN Patient Raises Vasculitis Awareness Through Flash Mob Dances in Washington State

In light of the symptoms and treatment options, a diagnosis of vasculitis can actually be a positive, life-changing experience for some patients. After 26-year-old Jessica Kent was diagnosed with polyarteritis nodosa (PAN) in 2015, she discovered a passion for working in healthcare and a greater appreciation of life. She learned…...

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Pinochle Night Brings Friends Together During Pandemic

By Fran Crotty My 85 year old mother splits her time between living at her Florida condo in the cool months and her Long Island, New York condo in the warm months. When in Florida, she plays in several bridge games each week. My brothers and sister have always been…...

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A Family’s Personal Journey Through Vasculitis

In life we often find that while not every story has a happy ending, we can learn from others’ experiences and hold on to hope. In the context of the vasculitis journey, we can hope for an early diagnosis, better treatments, advanced research and, ultimately, raise awareness. This is the…...

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VF Board of Directors Welcomes Caz Cazanov

In March 2019 we published a story about Caz Cazanov and her personal experience with vasculitis. After being diagnosed with eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (EGPA) in 2017, Caz was treated with high-dose steroids and cyclophosphamide infusions, and spent three weeks in the hospital and in a multidisciplinary rehabilitation facility. She…...

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