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Dr. Eric Gapud: Giving Back by Furthering his Medical Training in Vasculitis

When Eric Gapud, MD, PhD, was in medical school, he was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. As you might expect, he can empathize with the experiences of his patients, particularly those with vasculitis and anyone who has been diagnosed with a rare disease. A physician-scientist, Dr. Gapud is also an…...

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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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Dr. Rebecca Manno: Bringing Rheumatology Expertise to the US Virgin Islands

The US Virgin Islands (USVI) have always been a special place for rheumatologist Rebecca Manno, MD, MHS, because she and her husband, Nick Hoyt, have vacationed in the territory for the past 20 years. But after the two devastating Category 5 hurricanes in 2017 (Irma and Maria), Dr. Manno began…...

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California Runner Finds Helpful Support Through VF and Brandon Hudgins

Art Diaz, a 49-year-old married father of two, embodies the southern California lifestyle of health and vitality. A native resident of Garden Grove in Orange County, Art works as a retail manager at Skechers, the lifestyle apparel brand headquartered in nearby Manhattan Beach. An avid runner, Art has spent many…...

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