The chat forum on this site was only started about a month ago, but already our community of caring participants is growing continuously. My original goal for introducing the chat on my website, was to provide a place where cancer patients, caregivers, and others could chat directly with viewers who share similiar experiences and gain encouragement and support. It is a LIVE CHAT so there's no waiting to receive a reply....it's instant response. Just like you are conversing right there in the same room, only this is a virtual room.
It's amazing how you can become friends with someone whom you never personally met. I've already written a post about this particular topic sometime ago, and here's the link if you wish to refresh your mind
When I originally wrote this, I had not been exposed to this Live Chat experience and it sure does put a perspective on innovations in communication. Sure, I've visited other websites and more especially those that are cancer related. They offer excellent information to their viewers which is vital for all of us who are searching for it, I've also posted messages on websites when I've been searching so desperately for answers to unknowns about my husband's cancer and it's side effects, but I've never found a cancer site that offers a Live Chat for those who want to talk instantly with other cancer patients, caregivers, and family or friends who have also been affected at just the mention of the word "CANCER".
Why is a live chat important? It provides the chatters an opportunity to exchange their experiences with others, such as types of cancer treatments they may be taking, it's side effects, what works to eleviate patient's side effects, and the list goes on. For caregivers, it is a place where we can VENT.....all of us experience difficult days as caregivers and just having that special someone who understands EXACTLY what you are going through, really helps take the edge off a difficult day. For family and friends who are affected by cancer, it's a place where you can converse with others in similiar situations. Our
This Cancer Cafe chat forum is NOT specific to kidney cancer patients and their loved ones. It is open to ALL cancer patients and their families. I hope to meet you there!