Suzanne DePaolis,  —

Suzanne, a columnist for ANCA Vasculitis News, speaks at vasculitis conferences and is on the board of the Vasculitis Foundation. Diagnosed at age 40 with eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (EGPA), she is passionate about educating and advocating for patients living with vasculitis. She lives among the redwoods in California and enjoys spending time with her horses, chickens, and other transitory wildlife. Suzanne hopes that her column, "Veni, Vidi, Vascie," will inspire readers to realize that living with a rare illness does not end one’s dreams — rather, it makes those dreams evolve.

Articles by Suzanne DePaolis DePaolis

‘Get Well Soon’ Doesn’t Work for Me

When someone we know is sick, we tend to tell them to “get well soon.” These words seem polite and social. We say them to anyone who is sick. It has always seemed like the correct phrase to use. But why do those three polite, socially acceptable words feel like…

5 Holiday Survival Tips for Those With Vasculitis

I have been dealing with vasculitis symptoms and fatigue for the past 14 holiday seasons. In the early years, I was so worried about disappointing my family and friends that I tried to be my old self and accomplish everything. This behavior always led to a series of disasters.

I Came, I Saw, I’m Conquering Vasculitis

“Veni, vidi, vici” is translated from Latin as “I came, I saw, I conquered.” Julius Caesar first said this after a victorious battle. Having a rare illness is a battle every day. I battle to stay alive. I battle to live a fulfilling life. I battle to get out of…