State Senator Sharon Runner announced Wednesday that she has been placed on the lung transplant list due to her ongoing battle with limited scleroderma.
“After several lung infections, the doctors have put me on the lung transplant list,” Runner said in a statement. “Because I am susceptible to infections, I will be working away from the office for the time being.”
Runner, 57, said she would continue to carry out her responsibilities with the same level of dedication her constituents have come to expect.
“While I will not physically be in the office, I will continue to serve the citizens of the Antelope Valley, the Santa Clarita Valley and the High Desert thanks to telephone, email and all forms of electronic communications,” Runner said in the statement. “As always, my dedicated and experienced staff will continue to provide assistance with all state-related matters.”
In 2008 Runner disclosed she had limited scleroderma and had been dealing with the condition for more than 20 years. Limited scleroderma, or CREST syndrome, is an autoimmune disease that affects the body’s connective tissue. There is no known cure for the disease, but there are a variety of treatments for its symptoms.
An estimated 300,000 people in the United States have scleroderma, according to Scleroderma Foundation. The average age of diagnosis is 40, and about 80 percent are women.
“Given my overall good health, combined with my age, the doctors expect me to make a full recovery,” Runner said in the statement. “And I look forward to continue the fight to protect Californians.”