Waikato has staged another successful scleroderma seminar

Attendees came from Kaitaia, Auckland, Rotorua, Matamata, Tokoroa, Whangamata and there was a good turnout from Hamilton.

Many had not attended a seminar before and had just been diagnosed.

As we had become incorporated I was able to raise funds to cover the seminar costs involved. I thought the day went very well, I had family and friends doing the catering and there was plenty to eat. There were excellent speakers: registrar, podiatrist, occupational therapist optometrist and a respiratory physician.

We also watched the DVD Documentary “Beneath the Surface”. With the help of social media outlets Christy Caffrey connects to scleroderma patients all over the world offering them a voice in this film. The film is an intimate look into the everyday struggles and painful setbacks of scleroderma patients, blended with highly educational details about the disease from leading doctors and researchers.

I was able to do raffles this year and would like to thank Feel Good Pharmacy, Dinsdale Hamilton, for the lovely gift basket donated, Hoyts cinema for movie passes and Centre place for gift card.

Also I wish to thank Francesca Holloway, Regional Manager and Trevor Fredericks, Arthritis Educator for Hamilton. A special thank you to Sandy and Allan Edmondson for all your help with seminar and you’re continuing support is very much appreciated by me.

Yes, I do have Facebook please join me on Scleroderma Waikato which has interesting articles and up to date news an what is going on in Hamilton for Scleroderma members. If you do live in Hamilton and wish to join our coffee/tea group, we meet once a month at Westfield Chartwell, Robert Harris Café. Please contact me linda.bell@hotmail.co.nz .

Thank you all for your support and attending the seminar – very much appreciated and hope to do it again next year.

Many thanks take care,

Linda Bell

Scleroderma Waikato Inc