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Rare Life. Rare You.

In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they're still beautiful.

Our Mission

Life Branches was formed to provide counseling, emotional support and guidance to patients living with rare diseases. Our goal is to teach patients how to cope with their journey of living with a rare disease and overcoming emotional hurdles when faced with medical challenges.

How We Help

Living with a rare disease often feels impossible. Just getting out of bed can be a struggle. Life Branches was started to provide the emotional help and support you need in trying to maintain a normal life. It’s hard for others to understand that you may look okay on the outside, but suffering or in pain on the inside.

Our goal is to provide free emotional counseling, involving peer support and methods to manage the social and emotional impact of your disease. Using sponsorships from companies allows Life Branches to provide all services at no cost to you.

Ellen Scherr, Founder, CEO

Board Certified Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)


I’m so glad you’re here!

If you are a rare disease patient looking for the emotional support you need, you’ve landed in the right place. I know the responsibilities and challenges you face every day can be overwhelming and the hurdles can be enormous.

My mother was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus when I was a young child so I know how physically and emotionally debilitating a rare disease can be and the additional impact it has on family members.

I’ve spent many years working in hospital settings, private practice, and with Patient Advocacy at a pharmaceutical company. I am now turning my education, experience, and passion to help individuals, and their families with rare diseases improve their lives.

I chose a tree to represent this organization because a tree is a symbol of stability, growth and strength. My goal is to help you use these attributes to move forward from feeling helpless to feeling hopeful by working closely with you and learn about your individual emotional and social challenges.

We all have dreams and expectations for our life. Your diagnosis does not have to redirect your goals. You may just need new ways to get there.

I bring life experiences with real-life techniques, along with my sense of humor and enormous empathy.

Let’s work together to give you the life you want and deserve.





New Group

Coping with Uncertainty

The COVID-19 pandemic is altering life as we know it. Life Branches is pleased to announce this free group session to assist rare disease patients during this difficult time. Our negative emotions become toxic to ourselves and the people in our lives. Fear, anxiety and panic undermine our ability to think clearly, manage our relationships effectively, focus our attention, and make smart, informed choices. We can help you learn how to take care of your emotions and build the emotional resilience you need during this crisis.

1: Getting Started

To start the process, simply click on the button below and you will be taken to a sign up page. Once this information is submitted, you’ll receive an email from Life Branches to join.

2: Choosing a Group

Choose from a variety of highly-interactive, small support groups. There are different groups to choose from for patients, caregivers, and parents. Begin your path toward emotional health now.

3: Register for a Group

Groups are held on various days and times and run for 6 weeks. Groups are conducted via webcam so you can join from anywhere. All you need is a computer (or any mobile device) and an internet connection.

Let’s Stay Connected!

From time to time, I’d like to keep you updated on new programs, groups and webinars.

Remember, the journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step.

Take that step today and sign up.

Emotional support is just a click away.