Sarcoidosis And Me


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Dawn Smith

Joined Jan 29 2012
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58 years old
Calgary, Alberta
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Sarcoidosis And Me

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I was diagnosed with Sarcoidosis in my lungs, lymph nodes in my chest, and skin in 2000. No biopsy was done, however, I had all the symptoms - fatigue, pain, breathing problems, cough, and euthothema nodisum. At the time, I was an active woman, lap swimming @ the Y 3-4 times a week, walking and playing badmonton. These activities became harder to do and my boughts of lung infections and bronchitis became more often and took longer to get over. 

I moved to Calgary (from Winnipeg) in 2004 and have seen some wonderful doctors here. I finally had a skin biopsy done in 2011 and was confirmed to having sarcoidosis. I've had a few flare-ups in the last 6 years but now have diabetes. Staying active was hard before,now it's even harder but I keep trying to not let these diseases get me down.

Stay happy and don't take your health for granted!

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Reply Tanya Saban
11:25 PM on November 25, 2012 
Looking forward to all we accomplish this year together.
Reply Michelle
11:20 PM on April 14, 2012 
Hi Donna.

You have Sarc in the same areas as myself. I really hate the fatigue. If I could change anything it would be that I have energy to have a life again. How do you handle the itchy skin? I used to get pneumonia at least three times a year but then I received a pneumonia vacine and I haven't had it since. That was five years ago. I have a great Doctor and she works with me to control the disease. I hope you feel better and yes stay happy. i think that is soooo important.

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