Having a serious or ongoing illness can be hard. Social networks have really opened up ways for people to share, connect and support online.
Some example patient networking sites include CaringBridge.org, HealthCentral, PatientsLikeMe, Inspire, CureTogether and Alliance Health Networks. Some patients have also started their own sites on easy social network sites like Ning.
Topics range from Diabetes to Cancer to Lupus and more!
Much helpful information can be found on these networks, including referrals, treatment info, cautions and more. It is important to note that many of the people contributing are obviously patients — and not doctors — so always seek proper medical advice.
This is just one way that social networking is changing the way people communicate — and making the world a better place.