• Do you feel that you're about to earn, are earning, or have earned a degree from the University of Google for searching for answers?

    Asked by FreeBird on Sunday, July 22, 2012

    Do you feel that you're about to earn, are earning, or have earned a degree from the University of Google for searching for answers?

    or do you just want to let the doctors handle it and leave it to them.

    3 Answers from the Community

    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      My first go with cancer 24 years ago, there wasn't any internet, just let the dr.s do their stuff and I went along. This last time, I searched, studied and spent hours looking at my condition, and researching my new dr. When I finally got to see my dr. I was armed with lots of questions. When I got done with my questions, the Doc said, "you've been on the internet, haven't you"? I did see a ton of negative content out there also. According to what I found, I should have been dead already. I think you just need to sort through it all, and understand that everything you read isn't going to happen to you.

      almost 9 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I think I've pretty much always been an information junkie so it is always my first inclination to research on my own, sometimes out of necessity, sometimes just idle curiosity. I don't see that as an "either/or" situation though in terms of leaving it up to doctors or not.

      To me, my doctors are experts that I have hired to do a job, namely treat my cancer. I would do the same with a mechanic, a plumber, or an electrician if I had a vehicle, pipes, or electrical problem that I didn't have the ability to fix. And my doctors, as experts in their fields, are my first and primary source of information in their fields of expertise, after all that is what I hired them for. But I certainly have a vested interest in my own body, just as I do in my car or my house, so it behooves me to be as knowledgeable as I can be about my own assets.

      almost 9 years ago
    • lucifee83's Avatar

      Knowledge is power, and knowing everything you can gives you the tools to make good decisions. Decisions you can live with. At least that's what it does for me. It helps me talk to the doctors intelligently, and know if what they're doing is right for my husband. It also keeps the doctors on their toes when they know they're checking on them. So all in all, I would say I now have my PhD from Google. And it's worth every minute.

      almost 9 years ago

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