elynjacobs

Cancer Isolation: There’s An App For That

In Cancer on May 29, 2015 at 9:39 am

Cancer is lonely.

When I was diagnosed with cancer, I had a full support group, filled with family, friends, doctors and even strangers who held my hand telling me of the road ahead.  Sadly, for millions of cancer patients and survivors, this is not the case.  Cancer isolation affects too many cancer patients and survivors, young and old alike.

Years after my own diagnosis, I began following one of the more popular forums, attempting to share stories and information.  Very quickly I found this forum to be the sounding board for hot-headed people with very little compassion for others, a place where too many people feel that they and only they have the answer to cancer.

Online forums can be very intimidating, full of pushy attitudes and misplaced anger.  Between the competition to ‘have it worse’ and the aggressiveness of health recommendations, these communities are anything but a safe haven for support and advice.

Stupid Cancer AppWell the folks at Stupid Cancer have come up with a solution, a really good one.  Instapeer is a mobile app that brings peer support to patients and caregivers. It is safe place to discuss issues people might not want to talk about with family, friends or even doctors. What makes it super cool?  The interactions are anonymous.

Cancer is lonely. No one should go it along with cancer.

Instapeer℠ is a free program of Stupid Cancer, Inc, the largest charity that comprehensively addresses young adult cancer through advocacy, research, support, outreach, awareness, mobile health and social media.

Elyn

~~If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any~~
Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor, professional cancer strategist, speaker, and host of the Survive and Live Well Radio Show on the Cancer Support Network. Elyn empowers women to choose the path for treatment that best fits their own individual needs. She is passionate about helping others move forward into a life of health and well-being. Elyn has been featured on CNN Money, Talk About Health, and Breast Cancer Answers. She writes for The Truth About Cancer,  and has written for the Pink Paper, Breast Cancer Wellness, Integrative Oncology Essentials, Surviving Beautifully, Body Local and more, and writes the Options for Life column for the Natural Healing-Natural Wellness Magazine. She is on the Medical Advisory Board for Beat Cancer.Org and is on the Advisory Board to the Radical Remission Project. Elyn lives in New York with her husband and two young boys. https://elynjacobs.com/about/

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