Sharing the digital bridge
Last week I asked for your thoughts about an online site called "CaringBridge" that provides a conduit for information about people with serious medical challenges. The service allows family members to send updates and receive messages and photos about the ill person. I wrote a column about following the illness of an old friend for nearly two years before he recently died, and how I had mixed feelings about the process — wondering if it was an emotional overload or a really great thing. I was surprised at the large number of responses and wish I could print them all. Here are excerpts from a few:
* * * * *"I was touched by your column. … I have worked at Moffitt Cancer (Center) for over 10 years and for four decades in Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Ukraine and Russia, and the story you present is one oncology nurses see daily.
"At Moffitt the nurses and techs often keep in touch with patients by Facebook or email. … I often ask patients if they view cancer as an 'invading force' or a 'failure' of their own body. After a bit of thought they say they see cancer as an invader and they prepare to fight — as your friend did." — Wendy Mutunhu
"What is scary and it is happening, is that the 'now' generation is losing the art of conversation, along with the human sense of emotion and tonality." — Winston DuBose