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Sarcoidosis People Fight to Overcome

Norway knows as much about Sarcoidosis as the rest of the world:
Sarkoidose, et mysterium!
(Sarcoidosis, a mystery!)

I continued my Google search for up-to-date Sarcoid support group websites.

What is it about Kentucky?
In addition to the Kentucky Derby in Lexington, its world-class horses and breeding farms and its world class Kentucky Horse Park…Kentucky has a finite ‘something’ that draws me back to visit from time to time.
My sister might have something to do with it – she has lived in Kentucky over a half-century.

I was checking out viable websites for Sarcoid support groups to give you and ‘something’ prompted me to stop at the Kentucky listing and call the listed number. An excellent example of patient helping patient for support answered the phone.

Strength for Sarcoid Sufferers (SSS)
Mailing Address: 106 Cedar Stream Drive
Paris, KY 40361
Contact: Peggy Baldridge
(859) 340-4210

Peggy Baldridge is a family minister and commutes to Lexington, KY from her home in Paris, KY. She has 3 daughters, 13, 15 and 17 – too young in 1999 to understand the medical changes and challenges their mom fought. An early on six-month Prednisone treatment course dealt its own whammy…and she had side effects from steroid use.

Trouble is steroid treatment is still the only form of treatment for Sarcoidosis, independently co-discovered in the early 1900’s by a doctor in Oslo, Norway and a doctor in England.

The cause is yet unknown but most people who get Sarcoid never know they have it. It comes and goes.

It left the fibrosis and granulomas in my lungs but Peggy lives with and fights against the ongoing active Sarcoid invasion moving its destruction inside her body.

Peggy’s Sarcoid has shifted over the years, currently in the form of nodules in her skull, behind her forehead – contributing to a twelve-year headache. The elusive disease has now apparently invaded the lachrymal gland behind her eyes and may have advanced to include Sarcoid Arthritis.

Peggy is among the lucky ones – she found a good Sarcoid doctor at the University of Cincinnati and no doubt she adds greatly to current medical knowledge.

Peggy is currently the only member of her support group, perhaps because Sarcoid is elusive and easily overlooked by physicians.
I hope Peggy will chime in here, correct any misstatements on my part, and tell the rest of her story that might help other folks recognize symptoms in themselves and her strength comes from a close relationship with God.
Peggy, will you add to this?

Sarcoidoidosis Networking Association (SNA)
5302 S Sheridan Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98408-3535
Contact: Lynn Short
(253) 826-7737 PST or
Blessings, Sharon O’Hara

4 thoughts on “Sarcoidosis People Fight to Overcome

  1. This is Peggy. I remember talking to you a year ago, but just now saw your post. Thought I would give an update. I do have sarcoid arthritis and was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis last year. I am currently getting Rituxin treatments and feel like they are helping some. My headache is not gone, but I do have more good days than before. The side effects of the treatments are bad for a couple of weeks, but the time in between is better. If anyone would like more info on the rituxin, please feel free to email me,
    We do have several people now in our support group. We meet at Crossroads Christian Church in Lexington, KY. If you would like to know more about our group or like to join us, we would love to have you.
    There are many times I have thought about giving in because I don’t have the strength to go on; however, God always gives me the strength I need and gets me through each and every day. If you are suffering from sarcoid or any chronic illness, don’t give up. It is not easy, but it is so worth it!

  2. We are still meeting at Crossroads Christian Church. My address and phone # have changed. We moved to Lexington. If you want more information on the support group, you can email me at or contact me at 859.327.8395

    1. Thanks for letting us know, Peggy – Sarcoidosis support groups are scarce and viable ones are to be treasured. I hope you’re doing well.

      Thanks for writing.
      Warm regards,


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