Monday, August 25, 2008

Some of My Best Friends are Those I've Never Personally Met

Cancer in our family has given us many trials to overcome, but it has also given us so much to be thankful for. One of which is meeting our cyber friends. We are proof that you can become the best of friends without ever actually meeting someone face to face.
In my initial search on the web for cancer information, I discovered many websites that were indeed very helpful. The internet is not all bad, as most people think. It can be lifesaving at times and I've obtained vital information here whenever I've needed it.
One site that I found to be very informative at the start was http://www.cancercompass.com/. This website provides info from patients and their caregivers on every type of cancer. I'm not trying to be an ambassador for this particular site, because there are hundreds of others that do the same thing, but from my personal searches, this site is where I started. It was from this site, that I connected with one of my most cherished friends whose husband's condition was and still is so very similiar to my husband's. I don't think "I" would have made it through all of this, without her constant support. Even now, whenever I have a question, Mary is right there. I hope all caregivers reading this can connect with someone who shares similiar experiences to provide that lifeline when you need it most! She's there for me and I for her, and you can't ask for more than that.
Email friends are also a must have! My friend Bonnie has been there from day one with her emails of support and encouragement. It seems she always knows by instinct when I need to connect, and an email arrives instantly. Then there's been many surprise greeting cards to let me know she's thinking of hubby and I during our most difficult days, as well as telephone calls to lift our spirits.
Many of our email friends like Kathy, Art & Susan, David, Bunker, Lisa and Wendy, just to name a few, have lived through similiar experiences both personally and also within their immediate families. We continue to communicate to support each other and share our common theme of cancer.
We are all just ordinary people who have all formed this close bond because of cancer. Little did any of us know at the start, which way this road would lead us, but I for one, am so very grateful to have found these lifelong friends.

1 comment:

Susan & Art said...

Deb,you are an amazing woman and am so glad we met online.You are right a positive attitude to never give up is a inspiration.Even though we lost Connie she never gave up fighting.I want to thank you for your support during that time and still give me support today as I read your blog.What a great idea.So many will be thankful for all your info,support etc.You know GOD brings people into our lives for a reason and I am sure thankful that he brought you and your husband into our lives when we needed you.Praise GOD for him doing so well today.Thank you and GOD BLESS.

Much love,
Susan & Art