I’m a huge fan of social networking with sites like Facebook and MySpace. It allows me to keep in touch with and share with my friends and family. We’ve even embraced it as a company with our Yahoo! Answers profile, the blog and multiple profiles on those sites.
But I’ve never seen a site with more of a conscience than Caring Bridge.
Caring Bridge is a social web service that connects family and friends during
critical illnesses, treatment or recovery.
I was introduced to it by a very good friend of mine whose
family member was dealing with cancer. Her name is Joyce. By just providing my
e-mail, I was able to log-on to Joyce’s page and get updates from her journal
or leave a note of encouragement in the guestbook. You can also share photos or
links. Caring Bridge is a great way to keep in touch with a large amount of
people, because when you are sick, you may not feel up to phone calls or
According to their website, 78,000 families have created
personalized sites within Caring Bridge and they’ve
received 498 million visits from their loved ones. It’s become especially
popular to soldiers who were wounded in the war. To support the site, which is
free to have, you can make donations in the name of your loved one who is sick.
Not all stories on the site have happy endings, but mine
does. Joyce is doing much better and her last doctor’s visit resulted in the
news that every sign of cancer is gone. She’s an immeasurably strong woman and
cancer picked the wrong person. I’m sure having her Caring Bridge
site has helped her through it. Make sure you keep it in mind if you or anyone
you know happens to become sick. Sharing love and support is a key element to