Extraordinary Patients

Erica Barram – Her Amazing Vasculitis Journey and the Phone Call that Changed Her Life

Thirty-two-year-old Erica Barram was just 22 when she was diagnosed with microscopic polyangiitis. Previously healthy, Erica didn’t know anything about autoimmune diseases until learning she had one. She was completely unaware about how many people have vasculitis. “I was very scared when I was first diagnosed. I was also very…...

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Ronnie Saunders – Student Athlete Inspired to Excel by the Vasculitis Foundation’s Victory Over Vasculitis Campaign

For our final Vasculitis Foundation Patient Profile of 2018, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Ronnie Saunders, a senior at Wheeling Park High School in Wheeling, West Virginia. Like many of the other young vasculitis patients I’ve met over the past two years working with the Vasculitis Foundation,…...

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Abby – Triathlete with GPA, Coached by U.S. Olympics Hopeful Brandon Hudgins,
Declares Victory Over Vasculitis

On Sunday, July 22, Abby woke up in Lake Placid, New York, a village in the Adirondack Mountains known for its picturesque natural environs—trees, trails and lakes—and for being the site of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympic Games. It was an important day for Abby, a psychologist from Alexandria,…...

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Eileen Radziunas – Author Chronicles Search for Answers in New Book “Prognosis for Misdiagnosis”

The reason why Eileen Radziunas wrote a book about her struggle with Behcet’s is almost as powerful as her story itself. Initially she simply wanted to keep notes about her condition because she didn’t know if she would survive the disease. “I started out with no intention of writing a…...

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Katrina Bargender – Young Patient Inspired by Other Achievers with Vasculitis Completes Kids’ Triathlon

Diagnosed with Takayasu’s arteritis in March 2016 and faced with enormous obstacles on her road to recovery, Katrina Bargender, a high school senior from Racine, Wisconsin, attended the 2017 International Vasculitis Symposium in Chicago, which was the turning point in her vasculitis battle....

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