The Diabetes ‘Hood

July 16, 2008 by  
Filed under DIABETES

This diabetes journey can seem quite lonely. Connecting to others who understand and help prevents those feelings of isolation.

There is a huge relief that comes from reading about a journey similar to your own. That sense of not being alone is hugely comforting. Sometimes it does take one to know one. Who truly knows what you are dealing with every moment of every day better than someone who IS there, right beside you, in a similar situation?

So, where in the diabetes ‘hood do you hang out?

TuDiabetes:

We’ve already discussed this newcomer which provides a virtual forum and chats. A plethora of photos abounds on this site as well.

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Online Communities for Cancer Support

March 27, 2008 by  
Filed under CANCER

Lunch with friends. And you DO NOT want the topic of conversation every single week to be YOUR cancer. And even if you wanted the world to rotate around YOU– because hello, let’s get real, most days your mortality is more important to you than your friend’s dishing of professional workplace dirt–often your friends try as they may, don’t always GET IT.

Who does get it? Someone who has been there. Someone who IS THERE RIGHT NOW.

Which is why a social community is such a great source of support, information and yes, FUN.

Some communities remain chat rooms and bulletin boards, while others have evolved into true multi-feature dynamic communities.

General Requisites for Most Social Communities:

  • Create a password
  • Submit your email address
  • Choose a user name-your name in the community
  • Decide how much or how little about yourself you want to share
  • Picture time-your smiling face or not

Stumbling along in the user community I’ve discovered a few things that are helpful.

Use an alternative email address for your community messages. It’s much easier and tidier to keep all facets of your world separate.

Do share about yourself. Chances are there is someone out there who does get you, right where you are in your journey. Cancer battlers have more things in common than you might think.

Visit often and comment. You are an important part of the community.

Put up a picture. It makes everything more personal. Or how about an avatar?

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Places to get an avatar:

Yahoo Avatars

Meez

Many social communities also give you free, create your own blog options and/or create your own page options.

The best way to find your way around these communities is to just, (sorry) DO IT.

Wander around, make friends, invite friends and remember, when all else fails, try the HELP icon.

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NOTE: The contents in this blog are for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or a substitute for professional care. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health professional before making changes to any existing treatment or program. Some of the information presented in this blog may already be out of date.