Community Resources

Patient Support Organizations - Disease-Specific

Stevens Johnson Syndrome Foundation
National Keratoconus Foundation
KC Freedom
Sjögren's Syndrome Foundation
Sjogren's World
The Dry Eye Zone
BMT InfoNet
Explore BMT
nbmtLINK
Dysautonomia Foundation
National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias
International Scleroderma Network
Facial Pain Association

Stevens Johnson Syndrome Foundation

The Stevens Johnson Syndrome Foundation provides support services to SJS patients, family and friends, and compiles and distributes information about SJS to the public and medical professionals regarding treatments and therapies beneficial to SJS sufferers. 

Supports and information available through this site include:

  • A yahoo-based SJS/TENS discussion group in which over 200 members offer support to SJS patients and their family and friends.
  • A message board for children and teens with SJS/TENS
  • A bi-annual newsletter addressing practical and emotional aspects of SJS targeting SJS patients and families.
  • Support groups currently in 24 states and 8 different countries with SJS Support Group facilitators who are willing to speak or meet with others experiencing the challenges of SJS. 
  • An SJS blog, started in January 2011, written by SJS parent Jean McCawley who shares her and her daughter's story of SJS targeting SJS patients and families.

National Keratoconus Foundation

The primary mission of the National Keratoconus Foundation (NKCF) is to disseminate information about keratoconus to patients, their families, and eye care professionals. The NKCF is dedicated to increasing the awareness and understanding of keratoconus and the support of scientific research into the cause and treatment of keratoconus. Keratoconus support resources accessible through the foundation’s website include:

  • A web-based bulletin board to facilitate interaction among the keratoconus community
  • A worldwide newsletter published three times yearly for patients and medical professionals to learn about new treatment options, patient experiences, and the latest research in the field
  • Assistance with making personal contact with other keratoconus patients and help with setting up local support groups
  • KC-Link worldwide list-serve for people with keratoconus
  • Referral lists by state for eye care providers with special expertise treating keratoconus

KC Freedom

KC Freedom is a community forum for individuals suffering with keratoconus. With thousands of members, KC Freedom offers conversations on a variety of topics related to keratoconus, including family support, research and development, keratoconus experiences, treatments and disease management.

Sjögren's Syndrome Foundation

Since 1983, the Sjögren's Syndrome Foundation has provided patients with accurate, up-to-date medical information and coping strategies in addition to serving as a national advocate for Sjögren's syndrome. This organization strives to educate patients and their families, increase public and professional awareness of Sjögren's syndrome, and encourage research into new treatments and a cure. Consult the foundation’s web site for:

  • The Moisture Seekers newsletter with valuable coping tips, the latest medical research news, and expert answers for medical questions (current newsletter available for members only)
  • Live, Learn & Share Seminars with medical experts who discuss an array of topics pertinent to Sjögren’s syndrome patients and their families
  • Links to connect with more than 80 local support groups across the U.S. and Canada
  • Membership enrollment that offers access to the online community, newsletters and educational materials, product guides, and discounts on literature and products

Sjogren's World

Sjogren's World is worldwide internet community created for those who have Sjogren's Syndrome. It is a place for all to meet and share experiences and knowledge with others who live with Sjogren's in order to improve quality of life.Supports available include:

The Dry Eye Zone

The Dry Eye Zone provides an information portal and community center focused on improving the quality of life for people suffering from chronic or severe dry eye due to illness, injury, medication side-effect, aging, or other causative factor. The site offers tips on getting the best care for your condition, advice for living well with dry eye, coping strategies, and the latest treatments and research in addition to the following extra features:

  • KeratoScoop, a weekly newsletter containing articles on dry eye research, new drugs, effective treatment protocols, and practical advice for dealing with dry eye
  • Dry Eye Talk, an online forum to discuss relevant issues and personal experiences with other dry eye sufferers
  • Dry Eye Digest for recent research and news, and opinions by founder Rebecca Petris

BMT InfoNet

BMT InfoNet, the blood and bone marrow transplant network, is an all-inclusive information resource for blood and bone marrow transplant patients, survivors, and their families. The network’s primary goal is to provide credible information and emotional support to allow for educated and informed decision-making before, during, and after transplant. BMT InfoNet fulfills its mission by providing:

  • BMT Infonews, a quarterly newsletters detailing new research, patient stories, and information resources
  • An annual Second Chance at Life symposium gathering hundreds of survivors and medical professionals to offer guidance and support for managing post-transplant challenges
  • Caring Connections support groups to enable personal connections for patients and family members who are considering or who have been through a transplant
  • Access to over 159 different cancer-related e-mail lists
  • A detailed resource directory for patients and families to find the help they need

Explore BMT

ExploreBMT.org is a one-stop resource for patients, families and caregivers impacted by a marrow or cord blood transplant. The purpose of this online resource is to serve as a comprehensive, guided source for transplant-related resources from diagnosis to survivorship. The website offers:

NBMT Link

nbmtLINK.org is the website of the National Bone Marrow Transplant Link. Their mission is to help patients, caregivers, and families cope with the social and emotional challenges of bone marrow/stem cell transplant from diagnosis through survivorship by providing vital information and personalized support services.

Dysautonomia Foundation

The Dysautonomia Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the support of medical treatment, research, public awareness, and social services for people affected by Familial Dysautonomia (FD). The Foundation established the world's only FD treatment centers (two of them) and is the largest single source of funding for research and treatment specifically for the benefit of people with FD. The organization offers:

National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias

The mission of the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias is to empower and connect people touched by ectodermal dysplasias through education, support, and research. Through their website, the foundation offers numerous supports for patients and their families, including:

International Scleroderma Network

The International Scleroderma Network is a full-service nonprofit scleroderma charitable foundation providing stellar worldwide research, support, education and awareness for scleroderma and related illnesses, such as pulmonary hypertension, graft versus host disease, Stevens-Johnson syndrome and Sjogren’s syndrome. The website, which is translated into 23 languages, offers:

Facial Pain Association

The Facial Pain Association is an online support for those suffering from facial pain, including trigeminal neuralgia, as well the health care and dental providers and family members who care for them. Available resources include: