what you focus on grows, doancha know
Websites and Social Media for Support and Information
Another way to connect with other individuals who have experienced cancer in their lives: The Internet.
Garrett: Garrett is a survivor of testicular cancer who started a blog on www.caringbridge.org as a way to keep friends updated regarding his treatment and results. However, his blog grew into something therapeutic, since it helped him process what was happening to him. Garrett says that “there is an energy that is created when you start to write your thoughts down in a format that you know others are going to read”. For him, that energy grew into something that helped him become stronger and also helped him understand more about his situation. He says that the “clarification that results from the process of you trying to format your thoughts into an intelligible story can change your very thought and or impression of an experience from the beginning of a paragraph to the end.” Garrett has graciously given us permission to provide a link to his blog. You can view his insightful, beautifully written blog at http://www.caringbridge.org/
CaringBridge.org: CaringBridge.org is an online support website for people who are havingany type of health event, and their mission is “to amplify the love, hope and compassion in the world, making each health journey easier.” You can create your own free online space where you can post health updates to keep friends and family informed. Family and friends can leave supportive messages and stay connected during any type of health event. There is also a “Support Planner,” which is a calendar that can be used to coordinate appointments and caregiver schedules. There is even an “app” for mobile devices. CaringBridge.org is free due to the donations it receives. Go to www.caringbridge.org to learn more.
MyLifeLine.org: While CaringBridge.org is for any type of health event, MyLifeLine.org is specifically for cancer patients. MyLifeLine.org is a nonprofit organization that “encouragescancer patients and caregivers to create free, customized websites.” The mission at MyLifeLine.org is to “empower patients to build an online support community of family and friends to foster connection, inspiration, and healing.” Patients can set up blogs like Garrett’s, and just as with CaringBridge.org, family and friends can leave supportive messages and stay informed. The “Helping Calendar” section helps coordinate a patient’s support network by showing what kind of support would be helpful on a particular day (e.g., babysitting, transportation). In addition, MyLifeLine.org provides links to articles and guides that provide information specific to cancer and support groups. There is also a mobile “app.” Go to www.MyLifeLine.org to learn more.
fear is a true (it’s so real) and powerful (it’s so strong) element that presents and stirs about in the lives of those of us challenged by chronic and critical illness
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