You may have heard these words – “You have CANCER.” I have and I never thought I would. So what do you do? How do you begin to process the journey ahead of you. Well, once a cancer patient, survivor, warrior or caregiver you will forever live a life that echoes this statement. What you chose to do with this diagnosis is entirely up to you.
Knowledge – Many go to the web first! What is this cancer diagnosis? What does it mean to my future? How do I survive? Some of this knowledge can be scary, a little too clinical and most likely overwhelming. We search for the information that will give us hope and certainty in our treatment. We need to connect with those individuals who have been down this road and survived. We quickly become experts in our diagnosis armed and ready to go toe to toe with our care team.
Acceptance – With knowledge we often come to accept our diagnosis. Now that we are clear on this cancer diagnosis and have a treatment plan, we are prepared to go to battle and kick cancer to the curb. We may have cancer, but it certainly does not have us. Once again we find ourselves in the world of other cancer patients leaning on what we have in common and going to battle. Some do this privately and among family while others leverage social media platforms to inform and rally others. Whether it’s to chronicle our journey and share our story with friends and family via sites like www.carepages.com or to help raise the funds needed to support my family and my treatment with sites like www.wecarecard.com. Acceptance of a cancer diagnosis comes in many forms and can be extremely liberating in the pursuit of wellness.
Support – Since a cancer diagnosis does not come with a cure, the support we need will follow us throughout the rest of our lives. The support we need upfront differs greatly from the support we need as a survivor and even as a caregiver. Support comes in different forms from those who know us, to those who know of us and from the people we may never know, but care about our journey. Understanding the emotions, struggles and needs is intimately assumed by fellow cancer warriors. Finding them and connecting is critical to the well-being and continued health of those affected by a cancer diagnosis.
Treatment Diaries has taken all three aspects of a cancer diagnosis into consideration in creating an online patient community which provides an opportunity for individuals to anonymously share their health journey via personal and private diaries. By virtue of extending anonymity to the cancer community there is a willingness and desire to share a personal story which has been instrumental in connecting individuals around the world, who are looking for those on a similar journey and who can provide insight into resources, treatment options and outcomes.
Social media is quickly bringing the patient closer to the center of their care and providing tremendous empowerment. Knowledge about health continues to be the most popular topic on the internet and patients want more specifics when it comes to a particular ailment, treatment, symptom, diagnosis…the list is LONG. But, what they don’t need is more information. The internet is peppered with clinical slants protected with litigious disclaimers. If you want the truth, it’s captured in the personal stories of actual patients, living with health related challenges. Finding those who share your experience and who are willing to share is what social media enables. Having an opportunity to be private with what you share and who you share it with is what sets Treatment Diaries apart.
We wish you wellness, knowledge, acceptance and support on your cancer journey! Come scribble with us!