Siskin Hospital has added a new support group for people with or who know someone with scleroderma.

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,” Linda Chaff, scleroderma support group leader, said in a prepared statement.


The support group will meet the first Tuesday of every month, beginning Dec. 4. The meetings will take place in the Outpatient Main Conference Room, located on the first floor.

The kickoff meeting will begin at 6 p.m., but future meeting schedules may vary, according to Chaff, so attendees are encouraged to email or call her at 423-886-6000 to double-check the times and dates of future meetings.

The support group’s page at www.SiskinRehab.orgwill contain information on each month’s meeting time, location, speaker and topic of discussion.

“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.