Living with Scleroderma – 23andMe August 6, 2021 – DNA Saturdays August 7, 2021

I saw this recently on 23andMe – Living with Scleroderma: Much longer article. but here are some of the relevant portions.

August 6, 2021 By 23andMe under 23andMe Research

When Melissa Tarantino talks about facing challenges every day to her special needs students at a middle school near Sacramento, they listen. They all are aware that she knows what she’s talking about. 

A former gymnast, Melissa learned at 19 that the pain and numbness in her hands was a symptom of scleroderma, a rare disease that she’d never heard of before. The diagnosis came after more than a year of being treated, including two surgeries for what doctors thought was carpal tunnel syndrome brought on by her years in gymnastics. It was a heavy diagnosis for someone who was just starting college.

When the doctor gave her the diagnosis, she asked: 

“Will I ever be able to do a cartwheel again?” 


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