Over the past several months I’ve had the opportunity to meet and, in some cases, make friends with some wonderful people trying to make a difference in the cancer community. OK, I say “meet”, but many of these folks I’ve only met online.
Although I was initially reluctant, I have become a huge fan of social media. Yes, I drank the coolaid. I am now fairly addicted to Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. I was afraid it would be a complete waste of my time, filled with the inane minutia of daily life. But I’ve largely found a group of interesting, supportive folks, sharing information and inspiration.
Today I’d like to share a few of these people with you. And I’m doing it here because a lot of these people don’t really fit into the Life-Cise Resources page, but I still want to highlight them.
First, a couple of terrific women with books on cancer:
I met Gail Konop Baker this spring at the Women’s Health & Fitness Expo in Kingston, NY.
I so enjoyed meeting & talking with Gail. Please check out her book, “Cancer is a Bitch (or I’d rathe
r be having a midlife crisis)”, available at Amazon.com.
I recently met Cindy Papale online. We connected on LinkedIn and now follow each other on Twitter. On Twitter Cindy often sends out tweets of inspiration (@cindypapale). Her website is www.theemptycuprunnethover.com (I think she gets the prize for the longest domain name), and her book has the same name & is available on her site.
In past posts I’ve told you about Lynn Lane’s Voices of Survivors, and Jonny Imerman and Imerman Angels, but they both bear repeating. Lynn is a dear, dear man who’s rewriting some of the ideas of survivorship. I am the 52nd video on Voices of Survivors, and am honored to be able to share my voice. Please visit and hear & read the many voices of cancer, www.voicesofsurvivors.com. Voices is also on Twitter (@survivor). And please see what great work Jonny is doing at www.imermanangels.org (and follow on twitter, @imermanangels).
A few other tweets to follow (and I know this is only a few, I’ll give you more later):
*Bertalan Mesko, from Hungary (@Berci), has a medical site filled with cancer resources, www.webicina.com/cancer
*YogaBear, providing yoga to cancer patients- @yogabear
*MyHopespace, offer patients, survivors, & caregivers an easy way to communicate-@MyHopeSpace
*Athletes for a Cure, advocate for cancer patients- @athletes4acure
*Team Heather, brother spreading breast cancer info in the name of his sister who lost her battle in 2002- @teamheather
*Army of Women, Susan Love & a new opportunity in breast cancer research- @armyofwomen
*David Pittman – @DP_Turtle, charity runner fighting cancer through running
*FollowHeidi, survivor building awareness for breast cancer research
OK – enough. But this list is nowhere near complete; these are just a few of the people out there doing good work, trying to make a difference in their own way. Give them a follow – they’re worth it. And let me know (@juliegoodale) if you have other favs.