July 2013

Cherry Hill, N.J., July 9, 2013 –Nereida Smith, of Cinnaminson, would love nothing more than to take a deep breath, but easy breathing is a luxury she simply doesn’t have.

In the mid-90s, Smith, 56, took numerous trips to the ER because of bronchitis, pneumonia and abdominal pain. Eventually she was diagnosed with systemic scleroderma, an autoimmune disorder causing her immune system to attack her lungs, which worsened until she developed pulmonary fibrosis.