Since we have been slow on our food posts this month, I thought I would take a moment to share a networking site that a good friend works on called “IHadCancer.com.” It is a social support network with the mission of helping people deal more effectively with life before, during and after cancer. -ts
And while there are countless websites devoted to cancer education, research, treatment and advocacy – as well as to specific types of the disease — until now, there has not been a comprehensive social networking site with the sole mission of building a community around the experiences and personal stories of cancer patients, survivors and their supporters. And, if you follow the findings of a recent Pew study, while people continue to turn to professionals for an diagnosis and treatment options, they are significantly more likely to seek out non-professionals when they’re searching for emotional support. This doesn’t even begin to touch the fact that other existing cancer websites are poorly designed, exclusive (to cancer survivors or the newly diagnosed) and in the end often leave the user feeling even worse due to the lack of information about real-life questions. These two reasons — along with Mailet’s experience battling cancer as a digital citizen — are why we created I Had Cancer.