Living with a chronic illness can lead to thoughts of anxiety and depression. Some patients may also experience chronic fatigue, which can cause cognitive impairment. Some medications can also have side effects that can cause a “brain fog." It is important for a scleroderma patient to communicate with their doctor about these issues .
Scleroderma patients are not alone with this disease and that there are others in the same situation; the Foundation also has many support groups throughout the country that can bring patients together. Anyone affected by the disease, whether they are a patient, friend or caregiver, can also join the scleroderma community through the Inspire message board as well.