People under age 40 who are affected by neuropathic facial pain are confronted with unique challenges. Trigeminal neuralgia is a condition that most often affects older people. Getting diagnosed with facial pain as a young person can be more complicated because there aren’t as many resources available to people our age. Advocating for those under 40, who live with facial pain diagnoses, is a primary focus for the Young Patients Committee. In addition, we are here to support the many unique challenges you face – coping with pain while you are in school, starting a family or career, and developing deep relationships – these complex situations add additional challenges for young patients.
The Young Patient’s Committee (YPC) assists in fulfilling the mission of the Facial Pain Association (FPA) by representing the interests of people under 40 who live with neuropathic facial pain. Founded in 2011, the YPC strives to give a voice to the needs of young patients and raise awareness by dispelling the myth that TN does not affect young people. The YPC makes recommendations to the FPA Board of Directors regarding issues of concern to the younger generation and develops events, opportunities, and initiatives on behalf of young patients and their families.
Looking for a way to add some happiness and fun? The YPC is excited to announce the start of Birthday & Happy Mail. If you’d like to receive a birthday card or some happy mail, please sign up on the Google form and receive some sparkle in the mail! Want to help? Let us know you want to volunteer🎉 . This program is open to all ages.
Our governing committee is composed of people affected by neuropathic facial pain. Our members, ranging in age from 18-39 from across the US bring a broad range of backgrounds and experiences.
We would love to hear from you. Email YPC.
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