Extraordinary Patients

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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Brandon Hudgins – Victory Over Vasculitis Update: Brandon Battles Back

On a hot, muggy evening in July, Brandon Hudgins competed in the Liberty Mile in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and finished third, ahead of one longtime rival, but behind two others. “My times weren’t very fast due to the sweltering conditions,” Brandon recalled, “but the effort was there. I fought off many…...

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Keith Goldstein, MD – New Jersey Physician Awarded V-RED Recognition for Early Diagnosis of Takayasu’s Arteritis

Maureen Howard knew something was physically off-kilter when she began experiencing extreme fatigue, weight loss, difficulty breathing, rashes, and other symptoms. After visiting numerous specialists, Maureen went to Dr. Keith Goldstein at Hunterdon Medical Center in Flemington, New Jersey. What Dr. Goldstein discovered when examining Maureen was alarming. “He found…...

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