Each is unique and different, but they al share one thing in common: They allow patients a way to share the progress of their cancer journey with friends and family. They can help in many other ways, too, including by:
Allowing One-Stop Communication
Most people have difficulty telling their loved ones they have cancer. Delivering that news over an over again is harder still. Then they have to continually update their supporters and inner circle over the course of their treatment. Caring Bridge, Post Hope and others allow patients to share their story with their circle all at once, in the way of their choosing. Share buttons let them spread the message on social media or by email to a chosen group, at the touch of a button. Forums on Cancer Compass enable patients to share their experiences with others who have similar cancers. Patients can support one another throughout their treatment and other cancer-related challenges.
Often cancer patients do not have the energy or ability to socialize. Treatment and side effects can really take it out of a person. That doesn’t mean they still don’t desire the love and support of friends and family. Many of these websites offer a safe place for those closest to you to post inspirational messages, videos and photos.
Assistance with Meal Planning
Give Forward has an interactive meal calendar that simplifies meal planning for anyone who is helping a particular patient. It allows the patient to request meals for specific dates, as well as giving the ability to list favorite foods and any dietary restrictions. Friends or family members then sign up for the calendar, commit to specific dates, and note the foods they will bring. This should eliminate unneeded duplication, and should result in more variety in the types of meals delivered.