Going through cancer treatment can take its toll physically, emotionally and time wise on not only the patient but his or her family, as well.
But thanks to technology, patients, their family members and friends can keep in touch with loved ones during this trying time, through blogs or online diaries, through social media websites like Facebook, personal websites or hospital websites.
“May hospitals have this function now,” said Michele White, practice administrator at Illinois Cancer Specialists.
It’s a way to let loved ones know how you’re doing and how they can help, without tying up your treatment and recovery time with phone calls and visits that can be physically and emotionally draining while trying to concentrate on getting well. Additionally, research shows that support is beneficial to patients, and social media has proven to be an ideal vehicle for social and emotional support.
“I myself was diagnosed with cancer last year (and beat it!) and kept in touch with some of my friends and family through Facebook,” White said. “ I know it sounds weird, but seeing posts of wellness was a positive thing for me and my family/friends. Group texting was also a way I kept everyone up-to-date with my progress. Sometimes, if a patient is in a social group like a sewing group or book club, they will designate one person in the group to keep the others up to date.”
There is also a nonprofit organization called Caring Bridge that goes out to social media, as well. The patient or a friend or loved one can set up a page to chart progress. Patients can keep an online journal to share their experience with those who care.
For more information, contact Illinois Cancer Specialists, with 10 locations throughout the Chicagoland area.
Illinois Cancer Specialists | 908 N Elm St #210 Hinsdale, IL | 630.654.1790