Sunday 24 June 2018

Sarah Jatto, UK. Scleroderma Awareness Month 2018. Raynaud's, Autoimmune Rare Disease.

Sarah Jatto, UK.
Scleroderma Awareness Month 2018. 
Raynaud's, Autoimmune Rare Disease.
Sarah Jatto, UK
Name:           Sarah Jatto  

Location:       London    

Diagnosis:     Systemic Scleroderma  

Year of diagnosis:    2009  

Age at diagnosis:     19    

Where / who diagnosed you?  

Rheumatologist at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital   

What were your presenting symptoms? 

Swollen fingers.

Swollen face.

Hypo depigmentation to my skin.

Tightness of face, mouth, torso and arms.


How long did it take for you to be diagnosed after first symptoms?

It took 2-3 years to be completely diagnosed.  

When patches appeared on my face my doctor treated it as a “virus” from the sun and gave me Canesten.

When I realised the “virus” patch was not healing I revisited my GP. Upon arriving, she noticed my swollen face and hands, sent me for a blood test and later a vascular surgeon.    

2017 reality  

9 years of having Scleroderma and I feel it has stabilised.


I still suffer with Raynaud’s and, severely. 

I have contracted fingers, hypo depigmentation and scarred lungs. 

I currently take Methotrexate, prednisolone, folic acid, omeprazole and fluoxetine.  

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

Getting dressed.

Acid reflux. 


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

Take one day at a time.

Keep stress levels down.

Rest often.

What are your 3 wishes for the future?  

Find the cause of Scleroderma.

Find a cure.

For patients to live happily ever after Scleroderma.

Scleroderma is very unpredictable, it takes a lot of listening to your body, understanding it, knowing your boundaries and not surpassing them. 
June 2017.  

2018 UPDATE:


Raynaud's, stiffness, rheumatoid arthritis.


Methotrexate, Prednisolone, Fluoxetine, Folic Acid and Omeprazole.


Have you taken part in a research trial?


I am kept bust with my Me and Sclero Awareness raising.

Huge thanks go to Sarah for sharing her scleroderma reality and experience in such detail, for scleroderma awareness month. 

And, HUGE Thanks to Sarah for her amazing awareness efforts and her generosity to the Just Giving Page for the Scleroderma Unit, where 100% of the monies will be used for medical research purposes only. 


To follow Sarah’s ‘Me&Sclero’ Facebook Page, Click here 

You can also follow 'Me&Sclero' on Twitter and Instagram.  

To read my articles: 
Current Unmet Clinical Needs 2018, Click here 
CALCINOSIS, Click here  
RAYNAUD'S, Click here 

Prof Chris Denton presenting a plaque to Kevin's daughter, Michelle, and wife, Debby, for funds raised in Kevin's memory for medical research at the Unit. Thanks to Michelle for the photo.
'Scleroderma Awareness Month 2018: Medical Research Fundraising, RIP Kevin East', Click here   
Global Patient Profiles Campaign Index, Click here  

Importance of Medical Research and Awareness Raising, Click here
NIHR Video: 'My Experience of Clinical Trials', Click here   
Week 3, 2017 Patient Profiles: Medical areas of current interest, Click here
Week 2, 2017 Patient Profiles: Progress in Medical Research, Click here 
Week 1, 2017 Patient Profiles: Introduction to multi complex disease, Click here
Why I chose global Patient Profiles for my 2017 / 2018 Campaign, Click here 
2017 Global Patient Profiles Campaign Introduction, Click here 
'Being your own awareness advocate', Click here
Scleroderma Awareness Month Flashback 2017, Click here 
Scleroderma Awareness Month Flashback 2016, Click here 
My 2016 Campaign, A to Z: Scleroderma and Raynaud's diagnosis, Click here 
2016 Campaign Video, Click here  
March 2018 Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month, Click here  
World Scleroderma Day 2017, 29th June, Click here 
World Scleroderma Day 2016, 29th June. Origins of the date, Click here 
World Scleroderma Day 2015, 29th June. 

James Carver, myself, Prof Chris Denton

I had the pleasure of being a presenter and part of the European co-hort who gave a presentation at the European Parliament, Brussels, in honour of World Scleroderma Day 2015.  

I am immensely grateful to James Carver MEP for organizing this event in memory of his late wife Carmen, who sadly passed from Scleroderma.  

To view the presentation, Click here 

To view my article 'Why Global Collaboration is Important', Click here

All patients included within the global patient profiles campaign, highlight the URGENT need for an investment in medical research, as well as: 

Early Diagnosis 
Expert Specialist Centres 

Access to innovative medicines 

ALL being, crucial factors for best practice management and care.  

To read my articles:
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   
This year, I am celebrating 20 years of being a patient at the Scleroderma Unit, The Royal Free Hospital - a world leading expert specialist, research centre. 
Sept 2017

Prof Chris Denton and I, 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. Read more, here
For latest updates follow: 
Facebook Page:
Twitter: @SclerodermaRF  @RaynaudsRf  
#SclerodermaFreeWorld           #RaynaudsFreeWorld
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: June 2018

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