Your relationship dynamic with the person you care for may change. Whether they are your husband, wife, grandparent, child, friend or neighbour, what you can give and receive from one another may alter. It may not be easy at first, but be open and honest with each other.
Caring for someone with scleroderma can also be stressful at times—and that’s understandable.1,2
- Someone you love is experiencing pain, discomfort or distress.
- Illnesses like scleroderma are often unpredictable.3 You will have to look out for any new symptoms or problems.
- If you take on extra responsibilities, your day-to-day life may have to adapt. This will put strain on your personal relationships and finances.
However, there are practical ways that may help you to manage your own stress and wellbeing. These simple changes don’t take much time but may make a big difference to how you feel.