New York, NY, July 11, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- The world’s first cancer survivor support group on Twitter today, “We wanted to connect cancer survivors from all over the world,” said Darryl Mitteldorf, LCSW, the social worker who organized this Twitter group.
Many cancer patients live in rural or small communities, without access to local in-person survivor groups, but, they all have access to Twitter on their cell phones and computers. Support groups are often credited with helping cancer patients improve the quality of their lives and often, help to extend their lives.
Expressing one’s emotions in a public forum like Twitter is not as hard as was being diagnosed and treated. One tweeter said, “It was difficult. I was diagnosed with anal cancer. Being a private individual it was intrusive and humiliating.” And then tweeted, It is nice that this is being discussed in an open forum.” Privacy is nothing compared to dealing with cancer. One participant summed it up by tweeting, "This has been weirdly therapeutic. I feel odd sharing so much, but it feels necessary."
Out With Cancer plans to make this a monthly event, and weekly, if demand continues.
Out With Cancer, founded in 2005, is our county’s first cancer survivor support and advocacy nonprofit organization to be focused on issues related to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender life. Out With Cancer is affiliated with the national gay men’s cancer survivor nonprofit, Malecare. http://www.lgbtcancer.com http://www.outwithcancer.com
Fighting Cancer, Together.