Last week I asked for your thoughts about an online site called "CaringBridge" that provides a conduit for information about people with serious medical challenges. The service allows family members to send updates and receive messages and photos about the ill person. I wrote a column about following the illness of an old friend for nearly two years before he recently died, and how I had mixed feelings about the process — wondering if it was an emotional overload or a really great thing.
I was surprised at the large number of responses and wish I could print them all. Here are excerpts from a few:
"At Moffitt the nurses and techs often keep in touch with patients by Facebook or email. … I often ask patients if they view cancer as an 'invading force' or a 'failure' of their own body. After a bit of thought they say they see cancer as an invader and they prepare to fight — as your friend did." — Wendy Mutunhu
"What is scary and it is happening, is that the 'now' generation is losing the art of conversation, along with the human sense of emotion and tonality." — Winston DuBose