Cindy Abbott is an Iditarod rookie, however she is no rookie when it comes to adventure and risk taking. She successfully climbed Mount Everest on May 23, 2010, after being diagnosed with Wegner’s Granulomatosis in 2007.
Cindy races, using her disease as a platform, to raise rare disease awareness. According to the Mayo Clinic, Wegener’s granulomatosis is an uncommon disorder that causes inflammation of your blood vessels, which in turn restricts blood flow to various organs. Most commonly Wegener’s granulomatosis affects your kidneys, lungs and upper respiratory tract. The restricted blood flow to these organs can damage them.
Besides inflamed blood vessels, Wegener’s granulomatosis produces a type of inflammatory tissue known as granuloma, found around the blood vessels. Granulomas can destroy normal tissue. What causes Wegener’s granulomatosis is uncertain, but it’s not an infection nor is it a type of cancer.
Early diagnosis and treatment of Wegener’s granulomatosis may lead to a full recovery.
In an effort to improve the understanding of Wegener’s granulomatosis, the name is being changed to Granulomatosis with Polyangitis (GPA). For additional information visit the Mayo Clinic at http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/wegeners-granulomatosis/DS00833
Cindy is racing with a team from Lance Mackey’s Comeback Kennel. She has the full support of her family and her employer, California State University-Fullerton. She also enjoys scuba diving, ballroom dance, underwater videography, and San Diego Chargers football. Cindy volunteers her time as an Advocate for the National Organization of Rare Disorders and the Vasculitis Foundation. For more information about Cindy Abbott visit her website http://reachingbeyondtheclouds.com/