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Welcome to the Behcet's Chat Room.
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This Chat room is not associated with any one organization or group although several individuals and organizations have supported the creation of this website. I can not express the gratitude felt towards all the volunteers, all the support, and all the hard work that has been donated to this site. So many worked together to ensure that there was a Chat room available for all Behcet's Disease Patients (BDer's). It is wonderful to be part of a growing network of individuals and organizations that foster teamwork, support and above all kindness. Every attempt has been made to ensure that this site will provide a safe forum in which fellow BDer's can share information. We hope you will enjoy your visit here and that when you leave, you will not feel so alone.
Want to Volunteer? If you are interested in being a Chat Room Angel, please send us email. The duties of a Chat Room Angel are simple. You sit in the chat room on the day and time of your choice and wait for other chatters to join the room. You will be supplied with support information and all you have to do is enjoy meeting others dealing with Behcet's Disease. We notify all the Behcet's support groups that there is someone in the Chat room on your specified day and time. History has shown us that if no one sits in the room, people will not accumulate. They come in and immediately leave if no one is there. This service is always in need of a volunteer as Behcet's Disease is a world wide disorder that affects all nationalities and time zones. If you are interested in your own BD chat schedule, please email one or both of the individuals below: Site Owner or Deb Kleber
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the Tools menu >> Internet Options >> Advanced. Look for
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machine). If you have any java or browser questions, visit: http://www.parachat.com/faq/java.html
Any problem or suggestion, please send email to: or Deb Kleber
Behcet's Disease is a rare immune disorder that causes the inflammation of small blood vessels anywhere in the body. The International Diagnostic Criteria is listed below. It shows the impact this disease can have on an individual. This disease may show up early with one or two symptoms. In time, other symptoms by appear or disappear depending on what body systems are being affected. The International Diagnostic is NOT intended to determine an individual diagnosis, this criteria was established only to define a homogenous group of patients for clinical trials. There is no "accepted" test to determine if you have BD. This is also no known cure. Because of the unpredictable and complex symptoms associated with BD, researchers have been forced to narrow their clinical drug trials to one or more symptoms associated with BD. The diagnostic criteria varies depending on what symptom they are trying to treat. For example, the following BD symptoms have been studied and each subgroup of symptoms have a diagnostic criteria associated with it: Vasculo-Behcet's, Neuro-Behcet's, Occulo-Behcet's, GI-Behcet's, etc. (Even thought the following diagnostic criteria is outdated, it represents a wider diagnostic criteria) According to the Behcet's Syndrome Research Committee of Japan (1972), the International Diagnostic Criteria for Behcet's Disease is:
Free information and support about Behcet's
Pain Scale Website that explains how to define your
Memory Complaints In Chronic Pain Article explains that chronic Pain
is a disease that causes its own symptoms.
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Fibromyalgia Email Support
Fatigue Syndrome & Fibromyalgia Information Forum
Lupus Support and Information Websites
Foundation of America
Lupus Email Support Groups
MS Support Sites
MS Email Support Groups
RA Email Support Groups
If you have any questions about BD chat room
policies or rules, please read our Behcet's Youth Chat Room
below. Currently, we have official chat schedules each week. On these
nights, we try to discuss Behcet's Disease, welcome new patients, and offer
tips about other safe BD websites. We know that there are times
when people would like a less structured chat room for simple chatting with BD
friends. The room is always open so you can schedule your own semi-private
chat time with friends. Please just don't schedule separate
private chat events during the official chat times. Use the
room to make friends and discuss topics of interest whatever they may
be. All we ask is that everyone remember that BDers need
a kind environment. Pornography is not acceptable and we ask that
chatters not get confrontational in the chat room or force their views
regarding politics, religion, etc. on anyone although these are
acceptable topics for normal discussion. Just be the normal friendly BDer
HEALTH ISSUES: If you are prone to sleep disorders, seizures, etc, it is acceptable to notify each Chat Angel privately or publicly of any health issue which you feel may cause concern or even frighten other chatters. This is a personal decision which only you can make. You can tell other chatters what you would like them to do, what not to do, or even who to contact in case of an emergency. Please remember that this is an International chat room so it would be unlikely that anything could be done to help any individual but your sharing may reduce the groups stress or their feelings of helplessness.
Policy Regarding BDYC Illegal Activities:
(including, but not limited to, child-porn, sedition, harassment, drug trafficking, excessive swearing, sex-themes, racist comments, dating-themes) Any user engaging in, or encouraging, illegal activity (i.e., activity that violates US Federal or State Law) will be removed from the BDYC Room. In fact, if we have reason to believe that a user tends toward or conduces to illegal activity we will take action which might range from talking directly to, or conversely ignoring, the person in question to evacuating everyone from the room to seeking legal prosecution. To protect ParaChat from legal issues, we will also notify them of any action taken.
BDYC Policy Regarding Harassment:
Harassment comes in many shapes and forms. Within the BDYC room, harassment is defined as: any exchange (public or private) to which ANY involved party does not consent. If someone is asked to stop discussing objectionable subject matter and yet continues to discuss it, it is no longer chatting; it has become harassment. Because our chat participants can be from all walks of life, from all over the world, with many varying points of view, what one person considers objectionable may differ from what someone else considers objectionable. Problems arise when a discussion changes from open minded to closed minded arguing, as often takes place on discussions of politics and religion. These are very broad based topics and often tend to excite very deep personal feelings.
BDYC Problems and Monitors:
BDYC Monitors have the power to ban participants from the BDYC room. We expect that the Monitors will exercise that power when, and only when, they have cause to believe that BDYC policies are being violated. If you believe that a BDYC Monitor has abused her or his power, please contact us. We will do our best to resolve any and all concerns as fairly, quickly and privately as possible.
Policy regarding free speech within a BDYC session:
BDYC has no quarrel with freedom of expression and we support freedom of expression as it has been traditionally understood. Freedom of expression has never meant that a person could use language however she or he saw fit. Freedom of expression was defended on the grounds that rational discourse paid off immensely with respect to education, politics, and personal growth. However, language as a tool, can serve more than just this purpose. Language can be used in many ways, including as a tool to hurt others. The BDYC Session is intended for a younger audience and our goal is to create a safe environment for all involved not to restrict free speech.
BDYC Future Policy:
We reserve the right to impose further case-by-case restrictions for the BDYC. As such, a rule does not specifically have to be written down here to be enforced.