Newsletter

The Society publishes a quarterly newsletter that includes events involving members, reports of invited speakers and items of general interest.

Newsletter #34 December 2017 (view as PDF) »»

We have the sad case of Callan Fabian who succumbed to scleroderma in Auckland in November; The Johns Hopkins Scleroderma Centre has published a series of guides on coping with scleroderma. We have a backgrounder and links to the full series of articles. Who says the web is just for pictures of cute kittens? Rob found a site that inspires him – and he hopes it will inspire you too! We have news of the far-flung support groups and a summer sensation in the form of Chris’ ginger and oat crunch recipe…

Newsletter #33 September 2017 (view as PDF) »»

We carry reports from groups throughout the country – and a new one in Auckland is off to a promising start. Winter’s just gone (but it’s sure to return) and Dianne has the background to Raynaud’s and why you must try to avoid its extremes. Jan Lowe continues her campaign for relief care workers not to be ignored and why an effective $3 an hour pay rate is not acceptable. If you have PH, there is help to keep your records in order, particularly when travelling. And a couple of support group member make the newspapers.

Newsletter #32 May 2017 (view as PDF) »»

This is our seminar special from the Wellington event this month. We have reports of the specialist speakers covering how to cope with a chronic illness, PAH, digestion and a heart-to-heart from somone who has put up with chronic illness for many years. President Dianne dishes out certificates of appreciation, Yvonne has been off in the wilds again and from Southland, a report of their latest meeting…

Newsletter #31 February 2017 »» (view online)

President Dianne reports on group activity over summer and the seminar set-up for May. We have preparations for World Scleroderma Day in June and Barbara’s experience travelling to Europe accompanied by her husband and scleroderma. Member, Jan Lowe explains her progress through the highest New Zealand courts to extract a fair wage for full-time carers. And Rob Tomkies has an interesting take on diet as he copes with scleroderma..

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Newsletter #30 November 2016 »» (view online)

Welcome to Summer! President Dianne has a round-up of our new booklet and its availability, many of you will come into contact with coeliac disease and member Pam Dempsey explains it all, we list current Australian clinical trials, if you’re travelling, a cautionary tale on insurance and details of the Waikato seminar.

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Newsletter #29 August 2016 »» (view online)

Welcome to the Spring 2016 issue. We have sad news of one of our founder member’s, Val’s, death. Dianne brings us up-to-date on activities, Robyn Tuohy explains pain and stress associated with scleroderma, Waikato reports on activities and there’s a feature on managing Raynaud’s.

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Newsletter #28 June 2016 »» (view online)

In this issue, we cover President Dianne Purdies’ annual report. There’s advice from Consultant Dietician, Sarah Crawford, on diet for those with scleroderma and there is some PHA advice from UK websites and societies.

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Newsletter #27 March 2016 »» (view online)

In this issue, we cover President Dianne Purdies’ progress on fundraising option for the group and advice for impending cold months. Rob Tomkies relates his experience and that of his dog (yes) with turmeric. Adrienne writes up her Europe trip with advice for those members who are hesitant to head overseas on long-haul flights.

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Newsletter #26 December 2015 »» (view online)

Maree Murphy talks about natural remedies; Summer’s here – treat bright sunshine with caution; Just a few calendars left to sell as a fundraiser and the Mayo Clinic lists the good things that happen when support groups like ours start up.

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Newsletter #25 October 2015 »» (view online)

Taking care of arms, wrists and fingers – Amanda Johnson shows us how; Communications help is on the way for the group; A medical herbalist will be our November guest; A fundraising calendar will benefit the group; Waikato’s seminar success.

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Newsletter #24 May 2015 »» (view online)

Report on 2015 Scleroderma Seminar; Incorporation of Scleroderma New Zealand, Our President’s report and we prepare for World Scleroderma Day

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Newsletter #23 February 2015 »» (view online)

Sadness at Kokila’s death; Preparations for the seminar in May; Hamilton keeps us up-to-date; and flower power will brighten the seminar.

Newsletter #22 November 2014 »» (view online)

In this issue: Our spring clean meeting; Southland get-together; All the facts about feet; A link to US Scleroderma organisation’s YouTube Library of help videos.

Newsletter #21 August 2014

In this issue: We’re 5! World Scleroderma day is celebrated; Backgrounder on Raynaud’s; US funds allocated for research on scleroderma; and some discussion on Sjögren’s Syndrome?
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Newsletter #20 May 2014

In this issue: Winter’s back! A podiatry session at our may meeting with lots of advice; Palmerston North members get the travel bug; Yvonne goes tramping
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Newsletter #19 February 2014

In this issue: An outline of Zoe’s talk on managing pain and fatigue; Best wishes from the Palmy crew (and a wee adventure on the way to visit them) Adrienne’s summary of her visit to the US Scleroderma Foundation’s Patient Information Convention; and some stats from the website to show who’s looking in
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Newsletter #18 December 2013

In this issue: A report from Arthritis NZ’s annual conference, deal with chronic illness, Southland group firing well, a mobility shop that may be useful
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Newsletter #17 September 2013

In this issue: An autoimmune support group starts up; we celebrate World Scleroderma day; and we shift to new meeting rooms in November
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Newsletter #16 May 2013

In this issue: A full report of the scleroderma seminar held most successfully in Lower Hutt on May 4.
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Newsletter #15 February 2013

In this issue: Managing pain – an expert’s advice; Catherine’s paintings reflect her struggle; full programme for May’s seminar; a Palmerston North support group begins
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Newsletter #14 November 2012

In this issue: A report on the recent seminar staged in Hamilton; we have two outside websites carrying our information; our web site stats show international visitors
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Newsletter #13 August 2012

In this issue: We call for better monitoring and treatment programme for scleroderma patients; we have a website hosting sponsor; our Facebook page is up and running; Hamilton establishes a support group.
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Newsletter #12 May 2012

In this issue: World Scleroderma Day is held; Conserving your energy – some helpful tips; Winter is here – staying warm; and the significance of the sunflower
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Newsletter #11 February 2012

In this issue: A physical and mental approach to fighting illness; an occupational therapist who has a firm belief in mind over matter; tips to survive flying cattle class; and how a Queenslander challenged the effects of his illness.
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Newsletter #10 December 2011

In this issue: Our Christmas meeting goes off well; Hutt Valley DHB combines rheumatology and cardiac wards; Alastair and Tina’s new baby, Ian, has his first outing; Val knocks one off her bucket list; news from the group.
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Newsletter #9 September 2011

In this issue: second anniversary of the group’s formation; new meeting rooms economical and probably permanent; thoughts on a formalised structure; news from the group.
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Newsletter #8 June 2011

In this issue: Arthritis New Zealand changes the way it services members; coping with a chronic disease; scleroderma and your diet; world scleroderma day; news from the group.
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Newsletter #7 February 2011

In this issue: The first scleroderma pamphlet nears completion; some hand exercises to keep fingers supple; membership rises and spreads and time for this year’s flu jabs.
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Newsletter #6 November 2010

In this issue: Arthritis New Zealand talks about up-coming event of relevance to the group; Physiotherapist, Jo Rae, tells us how to exercise our way through pain and discomfort; Barbara reports on her Bangkok adventure and our Southern members get together and say hello.
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Newsletter #5 August 2010

In this issue: The group reaches 1 year of age; Val goes 79 years better and gets to cut the cake; Yvonne Bird tramps the wilds of Otago to prove to herself that she can do it; and there’s some herbal advice to those who like that sort of thing.
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Newsletter #4 May 2010

In this issue: Wellington plan to research and treat auto-immune diseases is started; Dir Richard Steele tells the group of his plans to increase research and of the commercial potential of auto-immune sera; Valerie Smiths writes of coping with scleroderma and the toll it takes; and Tina McLean provides links to thoughtful and authoritative web sites that discuss scleroderma.
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Newsletter #3 march 2010

In this issue: A good response to requests for newsletter contributions; a round-up of advice from Arthritis New Zealand on activities to help cope; Yvonne’s summary of blood tests and what they measure.
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Newsletter #2 November 2009

In this issue: A report of guest speaker, Melissa Porritt who talked about coping with stress Melissa is a clinical psychologist with Gains Psychology and Consulting Services,in Lower Hutt; Dr Andrew Harrison, Gordon and Diane Purdie’s publication in the Medical Journal of their survey of Raynaud’s phenomenon; and a timely pork recipe.
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Newsletter #1 August 2009

In this issue: A welcome to the group’s first newsletter; a summary of our aims over the coming months, such as a web site, (this) newsletter; guest speakers.
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