Thursday 29 June 2017

Wyatt the Warrior, USA. WORLD SCLERODERMA DAY. June 29th Scleroderma Awareness Month 2017. Raynaud's, Autoimmune Rare Disease. Patient Profiles DAY 29

 Wyatt the Warrior, USA


29th June

Patient Profiles DAY 29

June Scleroderma Awareness Month 2017 

Raynaud's, Autoimmune Rare Disease

Wyatt The Warrior, USA

TODAY is World Scleroderma Day.  

Today’s patient profile focusses on a most brave and inspirational scleroderma patient, Wyatt The Warrior - WYATT WRIGHT.  

Wyatt’s attitude and how he manages his diagnosis is truly remarkable.  

Wyatt's picture explaining Scleroderma

Wyatt with his twin brother Weston, and their friends, Living the dream

As is Candace, his mom, truly remarkable with her relentless efforts to ensure Wyatt has the best medical care, as well as, her tireless efforts with scleroderma awareness raising and fundraising.  

Name:           Wyatt the Warrior, as told by his superhuman mom, Candace   

Location:       We live in Derby Kansas


Limited Scleroderma, Raynaud’s
Mixed Connective Tissue Disease 

Year of diagnosis:    2014, 2017  

Age at diagnosis:     8   

Where / who diagnosed you?   

Dr Goodwin in Kansas City at children's mercy diagnosed him. 

Now our Dr is Dr Cooper in Kansas City at Children's Mercy.  

What were the presenting symptoms?  

I had noticed what looked like dirt on his ankle and accused him of not showering properly. I later took an alcohol prep pad to wipe it, and it didn't come off.

The more I looked at the leg I noticed ‘the dirt’ travelled up his leg.

It had already crossed 3 joints, the ankle, knee and hip, all on the right side.

It was spreading to his chest and on to the right elbow as well.

After several trips to the doctors office and firing one doctor, we had a positive RNA test. That rheumatologist knew right away, what it was. 

Wyatt was started on Methotrexate and was told he would take daily injections for 4-6 years.   

Current reality 

Since his diagnosis, Wyatt has had several other things come out of the wood work.

He now has frequent migraines, and is a on a daily medication for them, plus takes Vit B2 to help. He has tried several other vitamins and meds but they have not worked very well.

Wyatt has what the medics call ‘a cocktail’ - which is 3 meds he takes all together, as a rescue, for when they get really bad.

Wyatt has had severe problems with his GI tract. He feels nauseated most of the time, which I can't even start to know how it feels, when you want to throw up all the time. 

It has to be miserable. He is on 2 daily medications to help with this, along with his appetite. 

Zofran is his best friend all the time, we never leave home without it.

Wyatt now has a tic disorder, they seemed to keep getting worse so we went to another neurologist, who prescribed daily tablets.

Wyatt also takes folic acid because the mouth sores get too bad without it.

Just in the last few months we had a positive RNP antibody test, this leans us towards a Mixed Connective Tissue disease.  

He is still on the same meds but we are having a hard time with his weekly shots, we have started weekly IV fluids to try and help this matter out. We are getting a second opinion on the GI Issues.

What are your 3 biggest current challenges due to your diagnosis?   

Challenges consist of not being able to be a a normal kid all the time. 

He has several visit to hospital and missed out on baseball games.  

Skin tightness in his leg has slowed him down and caused his legs to hurt.

What are your 3 top tips for living with your diagnosis? 

Make sure you get second opinions when you are unsure of what your doctor’s treatment, or if they are unsure. 

Find a support group. 

Stay educated

What are your 3 wishes for the future?   

More funding for research, a cure, and that our scleroderma family have a good support system.  

Earlier this year, Candace and Wyatt organised a Scleroderma awareness Billboard, near to where they live. 

To read more about this, Click here   

To read about Wyatt taking part in Models for Miracles” in Wichita, Kansas, April 2nd 2016, Click here

Candace and Wyatt are currently fundraising for Angela Fernandez, an 8 year old systemic sclerosis princess who desperately needs funding for her and her Mom, Cuella Martha, to attend the forthcoming National Scleroderma Conference in Chandler Arizona.  

Please help Angela and her Mom go to the forthcoming Scleroderma Conference

To Donate, Please Click here  

For details of the Conference, Click here

To view Wyatt the Warrior Facebook Page, and fundraising items, Click here    

#SclerodermaFreeWorld #RaynaudsFreeWorld    

Wyatt with his Mom, and family

To read my article for World Scleroderma Day 2017, Click here   

Huge thanks go to Candace for sharing Wyatt’s scleroderma reality and experience in such detail, for scleroderma awareness month. 
Infinite gratitude goes to Candace for all that she does throughout the year for raising awareness of scleroderma and helping other patients, especially other families sharing the same heartbreak of seeing their child go through this diagnostic reality.     

It is with pure intention that I made Wyatt the focus of today’s patient profile, 29th June World Scleroderma Day.   

I have a photo of Wyatt on my desk, and on my more challenging days, seeing him, and knowing a snippet of what he goes through, keeps me on track with my efforts to help with the dream of a SclerodermaFreeWorld, becoming a reality.  

It is my ultimate dream that the cause and cure to scleroderma will have been discovered before Wyatt’s 21st birthday, and even better, if this scientific mission is completed before then! #Belief #Hope   

Please DONATE to help 8 year old, systemic sclerosis patient, Angela attend the forthcoming conference in Arizona, with her Mom.


To read more about why I chose ‘Patient Profiling and Research’ as the focus of my 2017 campaign, Click here    

Why Research and Patient Profiles? Scleroderma Awareness Month 2017, Raynaud's, Rare Autoimmune Disease, Click here   

2017 INDEX Scleroderma Awareness Campaign Patient Profiles, Click here    

INDEX to Scleroderma Awareness 2016 Campaign, Click here     

June 2017. 

To read my articles: 

Rare Disease Day 2018, Research - Taking Part in Clinical Trials, Click here   

March Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month 2018, Click here   

Global patient video, Click here   

Becoming a Patient Research Ambassador for the NIHR, Click here  

If we only had more RESEARCH investment for Scleroderma, Raynaud's, Autoimmune Rare Disease, Click here   

Scleroderma Awareness Month 2017 Patient Profiles Campaign, Click here     
Scleroderma Awareness Month 2017 Patient Profiles Campaign Patient Index, Click here        
The Pandora’s Box of the rare autoimmune disease Scleroderma, Raynaud's and Cancer, Click here

Key Event Dates 2018, Click here     

Importance of an Early Diagnosis, Click here     

Taking Part in Clinical Research Trials, Click here    

The Importance of a Multi Disciplinary Medical ‘Dream Team’, Click here 

Expert Specialist Centres, Click here      

My Skin is Cured from Scleroderma, Click here      

UK Guidelines for Managing and Treating Scleroderma, Click here      

Fatigue, Click here      

Mobility, Click here    

Diet and nutrition, Click here     

Raynaud's, Click here    

World Scleroderma Day 29th June 2016, Click here

World Scleroderma Day 29th June 2017, Click here   

Why Global Collaboration is important to the Rare Disease Patient, Click here      

The theme to this years Rare Disease Day is Research

Rare Disease Day 2018 – Research, Taking Part in Clinical Trials. Scleroderma, Raynaud's, Autoimmune Rare Disease, Click here     

2016 Rare Disease Day Patient Voice
2016 Rare Disease UK Parliamentary Reception   

2017 Rare Disease Day Flashback  

Rare Disease Day is a fantastic opportunity for the entire rare disease community to shine a spotlight on their reality, combining as one unified voice. Where, at least one commonality presides –  
Medical Research provides the brightest light
for the illumination of the rare disease patients’ plight. 

I highlighted other areas of medical research interest within Week 3 of my Patient Profiles Campaign for Scleroderma Awareness Month 2017. 


Although rare disease patients are few in number, eg. 2.5 million scleroderma patients worldwide, (the World Scleroderma Foundation), the commonalities and golden hallmark for each rare disease patient are the same: 

Early Diagnosis
Expert Specialist Centres
Access to Innovative Medicines

Where MEDICAL RESEARCH investment is VITAL.

Research is the key. Abstracts from 2016 World Congress, Click here

Scleroderma Awareness Month Campaign 2016, Click here


View video, here   

Preamble - here

The Family Day at the Scleroderma Unit, The Royal Free Hospital is taking place on the 19th May 2018. Browse the program, here

This year, I am celebrating 20 years of being a patient at this world leading expert specialist research centre. 

Sept 2017

I am eternally grateful to the global scleroderma trail blazers Dame Prof Black and Prof Chris Denton, whose commitment and dedication to unlocking the scleroderma enigma, is nothing other than, superhuman.
I am truly humbled and inspired by their work ethic. I am wholly appreciative for Prof Denton’s continued medical expertise and support, especially during my barrister qualifying years, 1997 - 2004. 

1st March 2004, I qualified as a self employed practising barrister. Further to having been told in 1997, by my diagnosing doctor, that I was looking at a 15month prognosis. 

I very much hope to utilise my professional skills and qualifications along with my patient experience, to help achieve the #SclerodermaFreeWorld dream, hoping to improve understanding and best practice, in the meantime.
For latest updates follow: 

Facebook Page:

Twitter: @SclerodermaRF  @RaynaudsRf  

#SclerodermaFreeWorld           #RaynaudsFreeWorld
#ADAM #Scleroderma

Living the dream, scleroderma style.  

Please DONATE to help fund medical research at The Scleroderma Unit,The Royal Free Hospital, London.  

100% of your monies will be used for medical research purposes only. No wages or admin costs. Thank You.


Last Update: April 2018

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