Carrie Gallagher was diagnosed a year ago with vasculitis, a disorder that destroys blood vessels by inflammation affecting the arteries and veins.
Gallagher says vasculitis is part of a family of over 7000 rare diseases. She says a rare disease is one that affects under 200,000 Americans.
Gallagher says it’s a relief when the correct diagnosis is finally made.
Gallagher says keeping a positive attitude is very helpful in dealing with a rare disease diagnosis.
Gallagher says it’s important for anyone afflicted with any disease to find ways to maintain their stress levels and emotions.
Gallagher says anyone with a friend or family member that has a rare disease should take the time to learn more about it.
Carrie Gallagher is an exercise enthusiast who is taking classes to become certified in “meditation as medication” and is an active member of the Vasculitis Foundation.