Description and Rules
ASPIRE Facebook Group Description
ASPIRE’s mission is to improve the lives of children and adults affected by PANS, PANDAS, and related encephalopathies. The ASPIRE Facebook group provides additional one-on-one, hive mind support for adult patients with PANS PANDAS and parents/caregivers of PANS/PANDAS patients. Admins and moderators will not have the answers to all your questions, but we will try to help you find them. Whether you need a hug, a place to vent, a place to be excited, need information, etc., we hope you will find it here. PANS PANDAS is a rough road, and it can be incredibly isolating, but we believe that you are never alone on this journey once you have found a home. We ASPIRE to move mountains together.
ASPIRE ChitChat Description
ASPIRE ChitChats are online/in-person supportive meetings run by and for parents of kids with PANS and adults with PANS meeting to talk about PANS PANDAS. So grab a seat, talk about your situation, get a hug, listen, and support others in the group. Join us and remember that you are never alone; we have a fantastic community and want you to be a part of it! ChitChats are not professional-led support meetings providing professional therapy. We can’t give direct medical advice, and we are not working in a professional capacity even if a chat leader is a professional in the PANS PANDAS world. If we have a guest speaker, then that is a different situation, but even then, they typically don’t give direct advice to people who are not current clients.
ASPIRE Facebook Group and ChitChat Rules
1 Be Kind and Courteous – No Hate Speech or Bullying This is a welcoming environment. Please treat everyone with respect. Healthy debates are natural, but kindness is required. Make sure everyone feels safe. Bullying of any kind isn’t allowed, and degrading comments about race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, gender, or identity will not be tolerated.
2 Respect Everyone’s Privacy Being part of this group requires mutual trust. What’s shared in the group should stay in the group. Authentic, expressive discussions make groups informative but may also be sensitive and private. Remember that everyone’s experience is unique, and what works for one person won’t always work for another. We are all in this fight together, so let’s be supportive of each other.
3 No Promotions or Spam Give more than you take to this group. Self-promotion, spam, and irrelevant links aren’t allowed. If you are selling/promoting a product, do not send unsolicited DMs regarding the product to group members.
4 No Personal Go Fund Me Pages or Similar We would love to allow it, but this does not work in a group setting from experience.
5 Must be a PANS PANDAS Patient or Caregiver/Parent You must either be an adult with PANS/PANDAS or a parent/caregiver to at least one child with PP. If needed, we reserve the right to request a referral from another PANDAS/PANS caregiver, parent, patient to gain entry.
6 Medical Provider Protection While we want to be a resource to discuss providers, please be conscientious about making supercritical comments about providers; critical comments should be reserved for DMs. Use initials and location rather than full names.
7 We Cannot Provide Crisis Intervention Admins, moderators, and members are unable to provide crisis intervention services. Please call your doctor or 911 immediately if you are or your child are feeling suicidal or unsafe.
8 Don’t Block the Mods/Admins Simple.
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