Category Archives: PemPress

Just spending time [at the Patient Education Conference] with people who knew exactly what I was going through, who knew the instantaneous fear and rage that goes along with each new lesion, who were discovering how to find the shady spots at high noon, was an amazing comfort.

I had never told anyone except my close family that I had an autoimmune disease. I hid it away like a dirty secret because I was afraid of appearing weak or being treated differently. Especially as a student of medicine—we are supposed to treat patients, not be them.

Welcome to the Patient Journey Series: Story 1, Halima’s Diagnosis. “My symptoms started at the beginning of April 2018. My mouth was inflamed, and I had painful blisters on both sides that made it very difficult to eat or drink. I had no idea what was causing my symptoms, and I went to four different doctors.”

On October 12, 2018, I participated in the IPPF Dental Day as part of the 2018 Patient Education Conference. Dental Day was hosted at the UNC Adams School of Dentistry by Drs. Donna Culton and Ricardo Padilla. As a dental student, I found this to be by far the most exciting and enriching experience of my dental school education to date.