S1:E101 – Explores the little known disease called Hidradenitis Suppurativa, or HS, which causes an estimated 1% of Americans to suffer from large and extremely painful boils that break out on their bodies and are so excruciating – both physically and mentally – that people with HS are twice as likely to commit suicide. Sandra, a mother of two who inherited the disease explains what it’s like to live with this incurable condition and how support groups like “Hope for HS” provide a much needed sense of vindication, optimism and hope. Additionally, we will visit Nita Gall, a craftswoman living her best possible retirement life in Florida while also suffering from Age-Related Macular Degeneration, or AMD, the leading cause of significant visual loss in people over 50 that impacts 10 million Americans and is now being treated with such effectiveness that doctors can preserve and sometimes even improve vision in many patients – and how early diagnosis can be the difference between seeing and blindness.
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