Connecting with other caregivers
Sharing experiences with someone who understands you can be very helpful. You could find support from:
Regional, national, or international support organisations, who often provide support via their websites or organise meet-ups. Ask the doctor or nurse for information or someone to contact.
Clinics that specialise in treating scleroderma. They may have support groups or meetings for caregivers.
Advice helplines run by several caregiver organisations. They can be a great place to get one-to-one advice.
Caregiver conferences. Search online or ask the doctor/nurse for information on any conferences near you.
Online support forums that offer more personalised, real-life discussion. Those related to connective tissue diseases are most relevant for scleroderma.
Groups for caregivers, or those talking about scleroderma on social media, like Facebook or Twitter. These can be a great source of uplifting and motivational messages.
If you know other caregivers, perhaps consider setting up your own support network. You could use messaging apps to create group conversations to share tips and support. Just be careful when disclosing any personal details online.
You might be able to get extra financial, practical or emotional support.
Many groups and institutions support and represent people with scleroderma.Patient organisations and support groups