Scleroderma: Hard Word. Harder Disease. Great Conference.

Scleroderma. It’s hard to pronounce and harder to live with. This progressive, connective-tissue disease can scar internal organs, harden skin, cause stiff joints, damage lungs and cause kidney failure. At its worst, scleroderma leads to severe disability and disfiguring, and even death. It has no known cause and no cure.

Scleroderma is a hard disease. It’s hard for researchers to understand and for healthcare professionals to treat. It’s hard on caregivers and families. It’s especially hard on the people living with the disease. “As hard as it is, it can be easier,” says Michelle Richard, president of the Scleroderma Society of Canada. “Making it easier starts by becoming personally engaged, educated and empowered. A great place to do that is the National Scleroderma Conference.”

The 2016 National Scleroderma Conference offers the chance to engage the way you want to, the way that helps you most and in ways that allow you to contribute to the scleroderma community. You can absorb the newest information, learn from the experience of others, and gain insight from researchers, physicians and professional caregivers. This is a great opportunity to be part of Canada’s supportive scleroderma community.

The 17th annual Scleroderma Conference takes place on September 16 and 17, 2016 at the Hotel Bonaventure Montréal. Everyone is welcome — healthcare professionals, researchers, advocates, volunteers, care providers, friends and family and, of course, people living with scleroderma. For more information, visit sclerodermaconference.ca or call the Scleroderma Society of Canada at 866.279.0632.