Peer Support for People with Bell's Palsy
Support comes in many different forms. Talking with a Peer Support Partner allows you to talk honestly and openly with someone who will not judge or make excuses, but have similar experiences and emotions regarding living with BP.
Support for Loved Ones of People with Bell's Palsy
If you have someone in your life with Bell’s Palsy, you may be struggling with what to say or do to help. Talking with a Bell’s Palsy Support Partner can help you to navigate a very physically and emotionally difficult time for your loved one.
Bell’s Palsy Peer Support is a donation-based practice. I believe EVERYONE struggling with Bell’s Palsy should have support, which is why I offer sessions by donation only.
No hidden fees. Just support. For everyone.
Each session is 50 minutes.
- Accessible to those who can’t afford it
- Too many people need help and can’t afford it. If you can, pay it forward to help someone else with Bell’s Palsy. If you can’t, I am still here to help.
- Grounds my practice on selfless service
- A donation-based practice allows me to give selflessly, fulfilling my intention to give my time to other BP sufferers without needing anything in return.
Reasons for Connecting with a Bell’s Palsy Support Partner
Discuss ways to cope and live with the challenges from BP:
Frequently Asked Questions
How would you describe the role of a Peer Support Partner? Are you a Therapist?
Our role as Support Partners is to listen, educate, troubleshoot or at times just offer an empathetic ear. We have the privilege of engaging with people from all walks of life battling the same condition. We are not licensed mental health workers.
What interests you about working with people living with BP?
As someone who also has Bell’s Palsy, I know the deep emotional and physical challenges. I also understand the isolating experience of living with this rare condition. The opportunity to be a part of helping patients as they choose to fight their condition is deeply rewarding.
What kind of things can people with Bell’s Palsy ask for your help with?
I am here to help you make sense of the thoughts and feelings that you are finding it difficult to cope with. I will not give you advice nor tell you what to do. I will answer your questions to the best of my ability and share general BP knowledge, but I am not a healthcare professional. Your healthcare team is always your primary resource when it comes to your BP and your treatment.
What question do you receive the most? And how do you answer it?
Most people want to know will I recover? Research indicates that 85% of Bell’s Palsy patients recover in the first month, 10% take months up to a year and 5% may never recover. Unfortunately, I can’t make you recover faster physically, but I can help you navigate the emotional recovery that is needed.
What do you love most about what you do for Bell’s Palsy patients?
Oh my goodness, I could go on and on answering this question. But I will just say this – knowing that I am able to help a peer of mine, going through the same difficult condition – is the most rewarding way I could ever spend my time. Thank you for allowing me to do what I do everyday!
What is the best piece of advice you can give to someone who was recently diagnosed?
Take it one day at a time. Educate yourself as much as possible about Bell’s Palsy, and keep open communication with your support network. And most importantly, you will get better. I can’t guarantee you will heal 100%, but I know you will be a stronger person no matter the outcome. Don’t let this devastating diagnosis change you. You can do this!
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