My name is Michael Coleman. I was diagnosed with Sarcoidosis over 15 years ago while in my early thirties. It started with night sweats and then breakouts of painful bumps on my eyes. I went to an eye specialist and after a biopsy was diagnosed with Sarcoidosis. SARCOIDOSIS!!?? I had never heard of it, no one I knew of had it and my first reaction was honestly to freak out. HOW DID I GET THIS!?? The doctor explained that this was NOT something that was given to me or contractible. He further explained that this disease was most likely something that ran in my family. I went to the doctor expecting to walk out with a treatment and go on with my life. But instead being told you have a disease you didn't know existed, takes some time to wrap your mind around. I went home and looked up everything I could. I found that this was an autoimmune disease, like sickle cell or lupus , something I would have to live with for the rest of my life. There is no cure for Sarcoidosis, but there are resources to help you LIVE with it. I live with this disease, my family members live with this disease. There are ups and downs. I now want to help others to LIVE, COPE, LEARN and UNDERSTAND what Sarcoidosis is.
This is why I started the Coleman Research Foundation.