For more than 30 years, Donald Lee Pferdehirt led chemical processing plants around the world. Don Pferdehirt now leverages this experience to provide consulting services to clients as president of ChemOps Insights, LLC, in Spring, TX. Outside of work, Don Pferdehirt supports organizations such as the Lupus Foundation of Pennsylvania.
As part of its efforts to promote awareness, research, and education about lupus, the Lupus Foundation of Pennsylvania provides the public with resources and information about the autoimmune disease.
According to the organization, depression commonly affects people with lupus. Those with lupus can cope with depression better, an essential part of managing their lupus, by joining a support group, participating in pleasurable activities, and working with a doctor or therapist.
By joining a support group, people with lupus have the ability to share their experiences and concerns with other people who have lupus. This helps them feel more connected and teaches new coping skills.
Meanwhile, developing a positive relationship with doctors ensures people with lupus understand everything they need to do to manage their condition. Patients can build this relationship by showing up for appointments on time, being open about needs, and asking questions about lupus and its treatment.
Family is also an essential source of support. People with lupus can share emotions with family members and express when they feel angry, sad, confused, or scared about their condition.