On-line community offers personalized web sites for cancer patients
I am very pleased to introduce my guest blogger today: Christi Disch is the Program Services Manager at MyLifeLine.org Cancer Foundation, based in Denver, CO.
How can I help? How are you feeling? How long is treatment? Can I bring a meal? What do you need? The questions are endless when you are first diagnosed with cancer.
MyLifeLine.org provides a tool for cancer patients and caregivers to streamline their communication during and beyond the cancer journey so they don’t have to answer the same questions over and over again. Our mission is to empower patients to build an online support community of family and friends to foster connection, inspiration, and healing.
Our free, customizable websites include the following features and more…
Patients can easily build their online support community to share information on their terms via one central website.
- By updating friends once, the patients reserve more energy for healing. See the Connecting Updates page.
- Family and friends appreciate getting the latest information without being intrusive.
- Patients aid their own healing process by expressing what they are feeling and experiencing.
- Patients can keep in touch with pictures of their cancer experiences or fun photos of family and friends.
- Patients know they are loved with caring messages from family and friends.
- Patients can ask for help on the Helping Calendar for meals, transportation, etc.
- Patients can ask for help financially through the Giving Angels Page
- Patients can educate their support network on the type of cancer they have and the treatment process, through the learning links
Research has shown that strong support networks can improve access to health care (Abstract on formal and informal support networks and National Cancer Institute on communication throughout cancer treatment). Our websites help streamline that communication and also make it easy to ask for help.