Thursday, January 22, 2009

CarePages - A New Kind of Social Space

My friend from the Hippocrates Health Institute, Almari, is heading into a bone marrow transplant next month after many rounds of chemo already and learning that she has an untreatable mutation of leukemia.

Almari started a blog on a site called CarePages.com, which was designed to help patients update family and friends during a health challenge. Without the effort of keeping dozens of people up to date, Almari posts pictures of her dogs, her experiences, her progress, and we all feel closer to her and touched by her openness in sharing her life in this new social space medium (a kind of Myspace.com or Facebook.com for people with life-threatening diseases and health challenges).

If you or someone you love is facing a health challenge, you may want to check out the CarePages site. I have nothing to do with the people or organization behind this site, I am just one touched reader.

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