Melissa Granger was diagnosed with Hidradenitis Suppurativa just ten years ago after years of advocating for herself and fighting numerous other health conditions along the way. It was only last year that she found the HS community. Not only does she continue to fight for herself but she works diligently helping to spread awareness about Hidradenitis Suppurativa.
“HS or Hidradenitis Suppurativa is a debilitating chronic skin disease. It is characterized by painful nodules that may progress to abscesses and in severe cases can lead to sinus tract formation, fibrotic scarring, dermal contractures and skin induration. HS causes significant morbidity because of its painful remitting and relapsing course. ~Yu CC, Cook MG“
This year Melissa has secured a spot in Springfield Missouri’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade to walk for Hidradenitis Suppurativa Awareness. If you are a HS Warrior, family member or friend please join Melissa and others in helping to raise awareness for HS.
RSVP HERE: facebook.com/events/967704476697349/
The Springfield St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been dazzling our community for 37 years!
What began as a small group of fun-loving revelers has blossomed into one of the largest annual events in Springfield! The parade is family-friendly, open to a wide range of participants, and joyful!
Saturday, March 18, 2017
More info: springfieldstpatsparade.com
More on Melissa Granger
Melissa was born in Springfield Missouri and raised in the small rural town of Bolivar. She was raised in the country, living and eating off of the land essentially not even knowing what a grocery store was. Melissa had no television only her radio.
Unexpectedly, returning to Springfield at the age of 10 Melissa was thrown into city life and the quick change from an overall paleo lifestyle to a fast food nation Melissa believes was and is her demise.
Melissa has been to hell and back with doctors recollecting the torment she received in school when she received her first diagnosis of tinea versacolor a fungal infection of the skin. Melissa can recall several bouts of pneumonia and episodes of random vomiting that doctors couldn’t explain and a mother who would repeatedly tell her it was all in her head.
At the age of 15 Melissa became pregnant, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and later through an emergency c-section it was discovered she had a 13 pound teratoma tumor. Melissa gave birth to a healthy baby girl who has saved her life in more ways than one because up until that point Melissa had five ultrasounds in which the teratoma tumor had never been found. However there was more, much more.
Melissa had been keeping the painful lesions a secret that began appearing on her body since the age of 10 not knowing, and fearing cancer she would continue to keep it to herself. Later she would go from doctor to doctor trying to figure out what was wrong with her. Tests would continuously come back negative but by now Melissa had developed sepsis.
The numerous health issues that plagued Melissa left her feeling much like a guinea pig, her previous surgeries and the infections that were ongoing. By now Melissa had been diagnosed with numerous other health conditions including Fibromyalgia, heart disease, crohn’s disease, diabetic neuropathy to name a few but continued to advocate for herself in her search for answers.
It was ten years ago that Melissa was officially diagnosed with Hidradenitis Suppurativa. Melissa has tried numerous medications, weight loss, quit smoking and hasn’t ate real food in five years going from obese to anorexic and thus far can’t recall being flare free. She has learned to adapt to her HS having to change careers numerous times over the years refusing to let her HS win.
Melissa has had wonderful support in her life her first love being the underground rap industry where she met Tech N9ne on the streets while trying to survive. She began promoting with Tech at the age of 15 and two years ago received a call to return to her first love as a member of the Strange Music Street Team. Like so many HS patients Melissa has lost all family but has gained a family at Strange Music along with her HS family she has discovered over the past year.
“I have amazing people in my life and while the doctors continue to shake their heads saying “there is nothing we can do” I am not going to accept that.”
Melissa’s Story as told by Fawn Griswold