Cancer is a devastating a disease, and one that unfortunately most of us has been affected by, whether directly or indirectly. I am no different and I have also watched friends lose loved ones to it too.
With any kind of health problems, the person suffering and their friends and family can often feel so helpless and isolated. Thankfully, since the development of the internet, it is easy to reach out and connect with other people who are dealing with similar things and to offer each other support and advice – this is what AXA PPP healthcare are doing. They just launched a Facebook application that is a pinboard where those affected by cancer can share their tips on how to cope with treatment and symptoms of the condition.
Your doctor will always be there first place you go to for medical advice, especially with something as serious as cancer, but the Little Big Things pinboard is designed to provide coping techniques that might seem small, but can make a huge difference. It is a place for those directly or indirectly affected by cancer to share their tips stories and pictures. Something like this is so important, because it really is the small things that can help. The big things are often out of our control, so being able to support someone, even by just doing the little things, can mean so much. Just being there for someone to talk, or even cooking them a healthy meal – that is my tip.
For the next 6 weeks, AXA PPP healthcare’s social media channels are focusing on cancer support and during that time, they will be hosting a series of live, expert web discussions to provide practical information and support on Facebook, Twitter, their blog and on their dedicated cancer centre. The live chat on nutrition looks interesting and we could all learn from it. But there are lots of live chats and all you need to do is register for the ones you want. They also provide a dedicated nurse service to support cancer patients. They can provide support and reassurance, which would be ideal for those that don’t have family members to help them.
Who knows if there will ever be a cure for cancer. But there are a lot of things we can do to help those that are suffering, even if it is just being a friendly face.