About Susan Reith Swan

IMG_4012I live in a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the same one in which I grew up. My husband Tom and I have two grown children and one very spoiled and greatly loved Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. In my spare time, besides reading and drinking tea, I enjoy knitting, all kinds of crafts, singing in my church choir, and Bible study.

In 2004, I received a diagnosis of sarcoidosis that was affecting my lungs and lymph nodes. In most people (85-90%), the disease goes into spontaneous remission within 2-3 years and never returns. The other 10-15% become chronic and progressive. This is what happened to me, causing me to also develop pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) after an aggressive progression in 2008-2009 that took some time to get under control. There is no known cause or cure for either disease. Medications can control the diseases for a while but at some point I knew I would be facing a lung transplant. In fact, I had gone through transplant evaluation and was judged to be a good candidate, but not yet to the point where I needed to be on the transplant list–which was fine with me!

Go to my “Faith and Spirituality” posts to read how God performed a miracle and healed me completely from both of the these diseases. To God be the glory!

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  1. Michele Huey
    Aug 04, 2014 @ 09:30:07

    Hi, Birthday Buddy, and my dear friend who walked me through the early days of my writing career. I think of you so often. So glad to read of your healing! So glad I found your blog. How can I subscribe to it or become a follower or otherwise know when you post something? Love you, friend. Here’s a hug: {you}

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  2. writingcygnet
    Aug 04, 2014 @ 14:45:27

    So good to hear from you, Michelle! Thanks for your question which made me look at my blog a little closer. I had assumed there was something on the site already for people to sign up–and there wasn’t! But there is now šŸ™‚ (Guess I missed that part of the set-up instructions!)

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