Illnesses and social media

A classmate recently revealed on Facebook that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer.  It seems weird to announce this on Facebook but a lot of people post their medical statuses online.  My heart sure goes out to this person.  I guess that’s one thing that Facebook is for, updating people and letting them know where you’re at.  Near to this entry was someone else’s posting that their grandmother had died.  Again, rather heavy news, but how else does one get the word out in this day and age?  I myself posted here in this blog a detailed entry about my flu, then cross-posted the entry to Facebook.

The good thing is that you can use Facebook to get support from your friends.  Support, love, and prayers.  Maybe even connections you weren’t aware of before.  You can get medical knowledge, maybe even links to doctors and treatments you wouldn’t otherwise find.  You can meet others in the same boat.  Who knows, someone out there might have a magic cure for the flu.

Okay, okay, those of you who have been around this blog a while know I’m getting at something.  Of course I am.  I was not on Facebook in 2008 or 2009, not too many folks from our graduate school were, but what if I had put, “My anorexia is returning”?  What then?

Even if Facebook had existed for me back then, I wouldn’t have posted such a thing.  Would I have gotten support, love, and prayers?  Or remarks such as, “I’m sorry you’re choosing this path”?

Nowadays, I’m rather careful about posting medical status for that reason.  I’ve wised up.

So, back to bed with this fever…do you feed a cold and starve a fever, or is it the other way around?  Oh yeah, I can’t talk like that.




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