I am currently living in a body that doesn’t really want me in it. I was diagnosed with Systemic Scleroderma 16 years ago. Living with a rare chronic illness is anything but easy or enjoyable but I try to wake up every morning with a positive attitude. I wouldn’t really be here if it wasn’t for my amazing family and friends. They have been by my side since day 1 and support me through good times, bad times, awful times, and please let me just leave this earth times! It has been a dream of mine to be a writer, with the online magazine the Mighty I am able to accomplish that dream by writing very personal articles about my battles. Maybe just maybe someone out there feeling down and out will read my articles and it will lift their spirits. That would mean the world to me. I am also currently heading a Facebook support group for young adults and teen living with Scleroderma and we are called the Scleroderma Super Starz. You can also find me at my own personal facebook page “Staying alive with Scleroderma” or on my blog at “Professional Pincushion in makeup and mittens” on wordpress and twitter.