Extraordinary Patients

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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Fran Crotty’s Morning Routine: Prepare Inner Self to Create a Positive Start for the day

In April 2020, the VF ran an article about Fran Crotty, who was diagnosed in 1996 with granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) and Crohn’s disease. Fran has managed to stay in remission for almost two decades and in the April article, she describes how faith and positivity have fueled her personal…...

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For Yanique, it’s About Holding on to Hope

Yanique was just 9 years old when she was diagnosed with central nervous system (CNS) vasculitis—a rare inflammatory blood vessel disorder of the brain and spinal cord, which make up the central nervous system. It’s a serious condition in which the inflamed vessels can block the flow of oxygen to…...

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This Guy Could Die from A Golf Course High Five

It was mid-March and Bob Geismar sensed that this might be his last golf round for a while. A marshal had tipped him off that the course was operating on a day-to-day basis, expecting to be shut down by Florida’s government at any moment. Darkness started to fall. Geismar had…...

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Fran Crotty Finds that Faith and Positivity Fuel Her Personal Transformation

Back in November 2013, the VF ran an article written by Fran Crotty, who was diagnosed in 1996 with granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) and Crohn’s disease. In her own words, she “has come back from her challenges, only slightly worse for wear, yet filled with optimism, strength in her faith…...

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