A Day In The Life: Slowly But Surely


The Disease

Slowly but surely I’m making progress despite my recent set back. My granuloma annulare rash had flared up again these last few days but is back to being almost invisible again (yay!). That means my mast cells aren’t dumping TNF-a by the bucket load. My dizziness, vertigo and presyncope let up and my gums stopped […]

September 3, 2017

MCAS & GA: The Future Is Looking Pretty Grim


The Disease

I have somehow been blessed (ahem) with two rare diseases; MCAS and granuloma annulare, an inflammatory skin disease that just so happens to be mediated by tumor necrosis factor. From Patient.info: It (granuloma annulare) is thought to be due to a delayed hypersensitivity reaction to some part of the dermis with inflammation mediated by tumour […]

July 12, 2017

It’s All About Perspective


The Disease

I love getting emails from readers because they offer me new ways to look at mast cell disease and how it affects each of us in similar yet different ways. Sometimes our symptoms and triggers can be almost identical or polar opposite from those of the next patient, and so can our co-existing conditions, which […]

April 12, 2017

MCAS & Granuloma Annulare: Is There A Connection?


The Disease

I have both MCAD and granuloma annulare, a somewhat rare, inflammatory skin disease which manifests as ring-worm looking rashes on my body. My son, who also has MCAS, gets the GA bumps that itch on his hands whenever he is sick. So naturally I was curious if our mast cell disease is contributing to these […]

February 2, 2017