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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Connection at VF Symposium Eases Isolation of Takayasu’s Arteritis

Loneliness is a common feeling among patients with vasculitis. When you find someone else on a similar path, it can help ease the isolation. That’s what happened to Dedra DeMarco and Devri Velazquez, who met at the 2019 International Vasculitis Symposium in July and discovered they share a lot in…...

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Share Your Story

Are you a patient with a story to share? The VF would like to hear from you. Visit our Share Your Story webpage and fill out / submit the form to the VF....

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VF Extraordinary Takayasu’s Arteritis Video Stories

VF Extraordinary Patient Stories are a series of patient video interviews. Their stories will educate and inspire you....

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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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