Tuesday, June 16, 2009
CaringBridge has been such a powerful social networking tool for some of my close friends and colleagues who have gone through serious medical conditions. Please support this site that has been a "lifeline during health crisis" to many individuals according to CNN. A good friend of mine has been posting regular updates on CaringBridge so that friends can stay updated. Many tears and prayers have been poured out for this individual.
If you know someone who is going through a medical crisis (such as cancer) or some other type of life-changing medical event, encourage that person to find social support. There are many resources out there and CaringBridge is only one example. According to CNN, "Other popular sites include CarePages, Planet Cancer for young adults, and Group Loop, where teens with cancer can chat with other teens. The American Cancer Society's Cancer Survivors Network also offers plenty of support." Remember that support networks can also be very good for family members who are at risk for depression and anxiety during these types of stressful situations.