Extraordinary Patients

Positivity, Perseverance Inspires Other Young Adults in Vasculitis Community

This summer’s International Vasculitis Symposium in Bloomington, Minnesota, marked another successful gathering of young adults and continued the growth of our community. While it was great to see old friends again, I was reminded of how this disease continues to impact new people every year, and how scary and daunting…...

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Positive Outlook Keeps Her Afloat in Journey with Behcet’s Disease

If Sarah Hewawitharana could be any other creature on this planet, there’s no question what it would be. The name she chose for her email address says it all: [email protected] “I like it because it reminds me not to take life too seriously. I’ve always been obsessed with the water,…...

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Brandon Hudgins Looks Ahead to New Season of Competitive Racing

Three years ago, professional runner, Brandon Hudgins, beat the challenges from his granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA, formerly Wegener’s) to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Trials in the 1500-meter run. Although he didn’t make the Olympic team, Brandon hasn’t lost his determination to race competitively and is keeping a hopeful eye…...

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Caz Cazanov: Becoming an Educated Patient Through VF Conferences

Obviously, there’s never a “good” time to be diagnosed with vasculitis, but sometimes an onset happens with ironic impact at the worst possible time. In 2016, Caz Cazanov was looking forward to enjoying her new life after retiring from Kaiser Permanente, where she had spent 24 years working in health…...

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Brian Kilgarif: A Success Story in Using MobileCause to Raise Funds for Vasculitis

If you ever need a shot of motivation, just talk to Brian Kilgarif. Brian is raising money for the VF on behalf of his wife, Steph, who was diagnosed with granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) in 2002, when she was 16. His goals are to raise vasculitis awareness, and to honor…...

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