But there's another group she probably should be the patron saint for. Somehow her ice skating injury lead to a slow paralysis, until eventually she could only move her left hand. What's more part of her body became gangrenous -- indeed, she lost part of her intestines, which we know because her parents kept it in a jar and professed its sweet smell. (The medieval version of keeping a child's first tooth? I don't know. Let's move on.) She also suffered terrible bleeding in her life.
Now, none of this may sound terribly familiar, but some professionals today believe Lydwina might have had Multiple Sclerosis. A number of aspects of her disease, including her eventual paralysis, periods of remission and terrible pain in her teeth all are consistent with M.S.
Lydwina was known as a woman of great constancy to prayer and as a healer. For all those who suffer from long term debilitating diseases, there's no better friend.