• This is interesting. A study shows how women connecting with each other helps everyone overall in fighting breast cancer.

    Asked by Julesmom on Monday, December 16, 2019

    This is interesting. A study shows how women connecting with each other helps everyone overall in fighting breast cancer.

    So it's what we do here at WhatNext basically.

    Can Facebook help women fight breast cancer? Research wants to know

    While breast cancer survivors posted more often, they didn't necessarily ask for help or support

    FARGO — Researchers studying social media have come up with a snapshot of how breast cancer patients connect in times of crisis.

    The University of Minnesota School of Public Health study recently analyzed activity by breast cancer survivors on Facebook and discovered that while the women posted more than they did before their diagnosis, they made relatively few appeals for help.

    Lead research scientist Jude Mikal said the aim, someday, is to determine how social media engagement changes after a person is diagnosed with a serious disease and how that impacts their health.


    5 Answers from the Community

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    • Jouska's Avatar

      I totally agree with this. When I was first diagnosed and starting treatment, like almost everyone in that situation, I was totally overwhelmed. I connected with this group and with a total stranger and a former colleague on FB both of whom had just been diagnosed both with a similar diagnosis. For the most part it was happenstance that we connected, but so important in terms of having someone to share with and ask questions. Both were very supportive and hopefully I have been to them. We are all here still kicking over 5 years later. I believe isolation is not helpful to people who are going through a difficult illness and treatment. However we connect, I believe it is very important.

      about 1 month ago
    • fiddler's Avatar

      It's physics, vibration actually.

      about 1 month ago
    • Grandy's Avatar

      I also made myself a private Facebook geoup. I added friends I thought may want to here my updates. Therefore I got encouragement EVERY day! I HIGHLY suggest this for anyone dealing with cancer.

      about 1 month ago
    • Lynne-I-Am's Avatar

      Facebook can help any survivor by connecting them to other survivors with commonalities, however, “ you can lead a horse to water but you can not make them drink” enters the picture. There are many survivors who come to the WhatNext site and I am sure benefit from all the useful information provided but for whatever reason , do not reach out with questions or interact with WhatNexters on their walls.
      It has been my experience that closed groups on Facebook discussing a particular type of cancer, in my case ovarian, have dozens of survivors participating with comments , questions, and advice. Conversations abound. Help , in the way of added support and prayers is routinely posted. The support for each other on these sites is palpable.
      What is the difference? WhatNext is full of information and blogs but there is little daily interaction between the survivors on the site with each other, one to one. With a closed Facebook group you are all sharing the same journey, same treatments, same challenges. There is a downside to this type of group however. Empathy runs high and sometimes, the postings about the struggles of fellow survivors becomes too much and they take a pause from the group or leave altogether.
      Both types of Facebook groups have hundreds of survivors listed but only a moderate percentage actively participating. More survivors need to reach out because the rewards far out way the negatives. Reaching out is difficult. Carrots anyone?

      about 1 month ago
    • Grandy's Avatar

      A well rounded perspective Lynne-I-Am!

      about 1 month ago

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