For pemphigus and pemphigoid patients, there are several events that can trigger stress and exacerbate disease activity, even simply being diagnosed with a rare disease. The time it takes to be diagnosed, the medication itself, and how it all affects our families and friends can trigger stress and depression.
You have heard this message time and time again: It’s important for family caregivers to take care of their own health so they can stay strong enough to take care of their loved ones! But as a family caregiver, it’s difficult to find the time because caregiving takes so much work and energy. Being a family caregiver can be like having another full-time job.
If you cannot work enough to earn the SSA’s monthly Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) limit of $1,130, then you may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Generally, you need to have worked five of the last ten years in a job that pays into Social Security, and additional years depending on your age.
It’s no secret among the pemphigus and pemphigoid (P/P) community that treatments to help these rare diseases are not always ideal. It’s also common for patients and caregivers to reach out to the IPPF seeking advice on holistic/natural/eastern medicines to treat P/P before the typically used western medicines recommended by physicians.
Pemphigus and pemphigoid are very patient-specific diseases. Everyone’s disease activity varies. Well, the same thing goes for diet and these diseases. The foods that negatively affect one person’s disease activity may do nothing to another individual. It is about becoming an expert on you.
At the IPPF, we have found that our regional support groups greatly help P/P patients’ and caregivers’ well-being. The value of social support while living with P/P in immeasurable.
For those of you who have any one of the pemphigus/pemphigoid (P/P) related skin diseases, stress is the number one factor in flare-ups occurring. The mind-body connection is very strong and stress encourages the antibodies to act up and give you more blisters.
The IPPF strives to do many things for the pemphigus and pemphigoid community, but our three biggest goals are to raise awareness, create a support network, and to increase education. One of the biggest tools that we have at our disposal to accomplish those goals is social media.