What is it?
- A relationship-building program that pairs individuals, with the same diagnosis, at different life stages within the bleeding disorder community.
What is mentor?
- A mentor is someone that is a bit further along in life than you and is eager to share his or her life experiences with you.
- The directors of Side-by-Side will be in close contact with the mentors to check the progress and guide them through the program.
Who can participate?
- Anyone that has a bleeding disorder.
- Anyone that is directly involved with his or her care (parent/guardian, caretaker, spouse, sibling).
What’s the time commitment?
- After you are paired, you will mutually decide how often you want to contact one another. This includes play dates, meeting for coffee, emailing, calling, Face Time etc.
- The pair will be in contact at least quarterly.
Why should I do it?
- The added stress of having a bleeding disorder can be overwhelming. No matter how old you are, the next life stage can be scary in regards to your bleeding disorder. You might not know what it’ll look like or what to expect.
- Why not go to someone who has been there and experienced it firsthand to help guide you through it?
- Maybe you are ready to “give back” and share your unique life experiences with someone younger than you.
How do I get involved?
- Decide how you want to be involved. Do you want to “give back” and be a mentor? Do you have life experiences to share with someone younger? Would you like to be paired with someone older than you to learn from his or her experiences? Would you like to do both?
- First, you need to fill out the form located below. You need to fill out one form for every family member that wants to participate in Side-by-Side.
- We will be in contact with you once you are paired.
- If you want to know more or have any questions, feel free to contact Melissa or Megan at sidebysideTSBDF@gmail.com