A Ferocious Fight

By Nicolina Vega

On April 24-25, a special Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy or Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (RSD/CRPS) awareness event will be held in the Holy Family University Library from 9:00 – 4:00 pm.

The event is raising awareness for RSD/CRPS, a disease of the autonomic nervous system or the sympathetic nervous system that stems from an initial injury that occurred prior to diagnosis and can continue to spread to up to 70% of the body. The pain experienced by individuals is described as an intense burning or throbbing pain, similar to the pain of a swollen sprained ankle, or pins and needles, but more intense. It can affect any part of the body, particularly any one of the four limbs, and is accompanied by symptoms such as swelling or inflammation, spasms in blood vessels and muscles, chronic burning pain, and insomnia or emotional disturbance.

Holy Family student Meggie Farber is in charge of the outreach event. She suffers from RSD/CRPS and was diagnosed at 16 years old.

“People with RSD/CRPS do not always have physical symptom,” she said. “You can’t always look at someone and see that they have a disability. The accommodations here help me continue to be myself”

Students will also have a chance to volunteer their time during Tiger Pawlooza on April 26 to help raise awareness by making scarves and blankets for those that are suffering with this disease.