Mar 06, 2014 - 6:14 pm
So many come to this forum. Seeking advice, information and to share experiences. This becomes a first person pipeline on collecting input about surgery, recovery, scans, drugs and lifestyle changes. Academic and emotional information is openly discussed... Cancer has such a huge impact on our lifes. I couldn't even spell blog. Now I am one. How many times have people said, "I have no one to turn to for support." or "My spouse/family/friends don't understand." This is a place where one can spill their guts to others who have similar experiences. Been there. Done that. It goes a long way... Friends we would have never met. Friends that have nothing else in common except kidney cancer. And friends with many like interests and lifestyles.I have to admit to being an extrovert here, but I am happy going days without having to talk to "live" people in real life. (I'll bet others hate the computer but can talk to 50 people just going out to buy bread)...So we express ourselves on the computer. Come and go when we want. Getting things off our chest. Meeting some need to open up a bit. Relieving stress and tension...It got me thinking. (all this dialogue just to get to my point.)...I have done it many many times. I have typed and typed. Written questions and answers. Only to erase it all when I was done. Maybe I wasn't clear. Maybe I missed the point. Maybe some negativeness popped up. Sometimes I know people get tired of hearing from me. And maybe expressing myself on the keypad was all I needed. 10 minutes later, it is cleared. No "Enter" key is struck. At least for this aspect of our lives, writing can be very therapeutic. We leave no trace that we've been here. Thinking,"Oh well, I'll hit enter next time." ...I know this is true. I can log on and see nothing happening, and then the next day someone gets the ball rolling and there are 20 new comments. I know that the longer we have been here, the less questions we ask. The longer we've been here, the more we answer. Just a curious observation. Also encouraging the lurkers to hit "Enter."