Young schoolteacher Diane Dike has been perfectly happy and healthy, until she suddenly notices two strange bumps on her foot. It appears to be a spider bite, but Diane soon gets redness, swelling, and pain in her feet and legs. Eventually, most of her legs turn dark red, and doctors are afraid they may have to amputate them. However, Diane's legs fade to its original color and has frequent flare-ups. About two and a half years later, Diane finds out that she has a rare disorder called cryoglobulinemia. Teresa Zdansky is happy to learn that she is pregnant with a girl, when suddenly, the right side of her face becomes numb. Soon, she also develops tingling that spreads from the left half of her body, and a headache. Her symptoms initially appear to be related to her pregnancy, but they don't subside after she gives birth. In fact, Teresa has had a rare, noncancerous tumor called a neuroma the whole time.moreless
It's such a blessing that MD created this show. It's such a painful, rare and hard to understand disease. My hope and prayer is that this program will continue to air and help many to learn how to better take care of themselves and their caretakers who care for them.
SCwSG created with dedicated volunteers the Cryoglobulinemia Vasculities Organization (CVO) our medical outreach dedicated to providing hope, encouragement and support. Learn more on www.DianeDike.org Stay Strong and Courageous! Love Diane :Dmoreless
Even faced with her life-threatening illness, she has a heart for the lost and hurting. Her joy is contagious. You can't help but feel her joy in spite of all she is faced with on a daily basis. She has even opened her home to foster children. I pray that this video touches you as it did me so many years ago.
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