Fighting sarcoidosis as well as other rare diseases.

Episode 19 Desiree was a cover girl for health … until.

October 12, 2020

Desiree West-McCarty was young, beautiful and healthy.  So much so that she was on the cover of a magazine with the caption "A picture of Health."  Then she started getting headaches.  "I was on the beach in Hawaii, and it hurt so bad I cried,"  Desiree said.   Over time she would come to learn that she had neurosarcoidosis in her brain.  In Episode 19 of the Sarc Fighter podcast, Desiree details her story, of how things went from headaches to the hospital and more.



After we recorded the podcast Desiree emailed the following about prednisone...

Shortly after our conversation, I remembered a fact that I had forgotten: I said that at the time of my stroke, I was just taking CellCept, but I forgot that I was also tapering off prednisone at the time. I think I was down to 20 mg/ day. A theory is that the prednisone taper was too fast and that could be what triggered the stroke. After the stroke, they upped my prednisone dosage to 80 mg/day again and did a slow taper over the course of about 9 months. I loathed prednisone, but it helped me in so many ways, too. I definitely have a love-hate relationship with it. 


Meet Mary McGowan -- the new CEO for the Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research

Sample agenda for November Summit

Do you like the official song for the Sarc Fighter podcast?  It's also an FSR fundraiser!

If you would like to donate in honor of Mark Steier and the song, Zombie, Here is a link to his KISS account.  (Kick In to Stop Sarcoidosis)  100-percent of the money goes to the Foundation.

You can listen on You Tube as well.


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