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Siskin Rehabilitation Hospital Hosts Scleroderma Support Group

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CHATTANOOGA, TN-- Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation announced Nov. 27 the addition of a new Support Group: the Chattanooga Scleroderma Support Group.

According to the Scleroderma Foundation, scleroderma is a chronic connective tissue disease generally classified as an autoimmune rheumatic disease. Hardening of the skin is one of the most visible manifestations of the disease.

"We are very excited to be able to get together with you and your families to share our experiences, exchange ideas and provide support to each other," said Linda Chaff, scleroderma support group leader.

The Chattanooga Scleroderma Support Group will meet the first Tuesday of each month beginning Dec. 4 at Siskin Hospital's 1st Floor Outpatient Main Conference Room. The kickoff meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m.

Visit the Support Groups page at www.siskinrehab.org for current information on each month's meeting time, location, speaker and topic of discussion, in addition to the hospital's other support groups.

"We are looking forward to April Simpkins, president of the Tennessee Chapter of the Scleroderma Foundation, joining us at our first meeting to be our guest speaker," Chaff said.

Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation hosts and sponsors support groups to address the social, emotional, medical and legal issues facing community members and their families experiencing chronic health conditions.

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