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About the Vasculitis Foundation in New Mexico

8th International Vasculitis Symposium

The New Mexico chapter of the Vasculitis Foundation was founded by Joseph Carpenter and Karla Kollasch  when they attended the 2008 International Vasculitis Patient Symposium in Rochester, Minnesota. Both Karla and Joseph independently approached the Vasculitis Foundation leadership to suggest that we should have a vasculitis support chapter for our state.

Supporting the entire state seemed a bit daunting for a fledgling chapter, so we decided to focus initially on the Central New Mexico region. However, all vasculitis patients in Ne Mexico are welcome to participate in our chapter. 

You are also encouraged to become a member of the Vasculitis Foundation.

Karla is a Wegener's patient. She was diagnosed with Wegener's in 1984 at age 13, and has had it for going on 26 years. Karla has known periods of active disease and also remission, so she is very familiar with the 'been there, done that' mantra of many long time patients with vasculitis.

Joseph is a caregiver. His daughter, Meaghan, was diagnosed with Churg-Strauss Syndrome in March 2008 at age 15, on St. Patrick's Day. Joseph is a man on a mission to learn more about this condition, and thereby help his daughter not only survive this condition, but also lead a happy productive life.

The innaugural meeting of the New Mexico Chapter was held on August 28, 2008 with seven people in Karla's living room. We shared stories, and talked about ways to spread awareness of our chapter to doctors and patients during Vasculitis Awareness Week. It was a good beginning.

Since November 2008, we have been holding monthly awareness and support meetings at various locations. See the Meetings page for more information, or look for announcements in the blog at http://nmvasculitis.blogspot.com/.

If you are a vasculitis patient, a caregiver to a patient, or a loved one, we encourage you to visit the Vasculitis Foundation and join as a member. You will not regret the resources membership will connect you to in terms of understanding vasculitis and learning about improved vasculitis treatments. The medical consultants who are vasculitis doctors can help your primary doctor to better serve you, and the other members can help support you through the toughest times. Nobody truly knows these diseases who has not lived them.

The list of diseases is long, but we can help you find some answers.

Medical Disclaimer: The information presented on this site is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.

What Is Vasculitis?
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

Learn more about vasculitis, visit the Vasculitis Foundation - www.vasculitisfoundation.org, or continue on our Education page:

Vasculitis Overview | Behcet's Disease | Buerger’s Disease | Central Nervous System | Churg Strauss Syndrome | Cryoglobulinemia | Giant Cell Arteritis | Henoch-Schönlein Purpura | Hypersensitivity Vasculitis | Kawasaki Disease | Microscopic Polyangiitis | Polyarteritis Nodosa | Polymyalgia Rheumatica | Rheumatoid Vasculitis | Takayasu’s Arteritis | Wegener’s Granulomatosis

The site you are reading also has a reprint of a Vasculitis Foundation Fact Sheet created by the VF.

"Although many autoimmune diseases are rare, collectively they affect approximately 5 to 8 percent of the U.S. population. A disproportionate number of people with autoimmune disorders are women. For unknown reasons, the prevalence of autoimmune diseases is increasing." Source: The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

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