Gary Kern

 

 

Jody CollinsDoctors are often dismissive when Raynaud’s sufferers describe the pain they’re having in their extremities when they get cold or stressed. “Keep warm,” the doctor might say. Or simply, “Move to a warm climate.” For Jody Collins, such flippant responses didn’t apply.

The 62-year-old native Floridian lived and worked in Miami her whole life, until she retired to Arizona. “When I was in high school, I noticed that my fingers would turn colors, and not just in cold weather,” she told the Raynaud’s Association. “For example, if I was holding a cold drink, they would turn white at first, and then when the blood started to flow back, they’d turn red or bright pink, and then back to my normal color. Same for my toes.” The painful response also f