Finding out that you have a rare and chronic disorder such as cold agglutinin disease (CAD) can be isolating, and you may feel like no one else understands what you’re going through. It’s not uncommon for people affected by chronic illness to struggle with stress and depression.
If you are depressed or just need to connect with others, a good support network can help.
What is a support network?
Support networks are made up of people who encourage you. These are the people you call when you have good news to share, or when you need help.
These networks can be made up of friends, coworkers, and family members, or be more formal as part of a support group or religious or professional organization.
How can a support network help?
Research has shown that having a good support network helps alleviate stress and emotional turmoil. There are even physical benefits to having a good support network, such as improved cardiovascular health.
Where can I find a support group?
Our website, Cold Agglutinin Disease News, is a great place to start. We regularly publish articles about new research in the field and potential treatments being developed.
It can be difficult to find a support network when you’re in the midst of a personal crisis. If you need help immediately and don’t have the time to build a social support network, a more formal support group may be the best place to start. Talk to your physician or care team about counseling and support groups in your area.
The following organizations offer information about treatment options and ongoing research, but also have networks that allow you to connect with others:
Last updated: Feb. 18, 2020
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