“I wish this gizmo could track my condition!” Write about which device, application, program, etc. you wish helped to track your health. Write about how your life would change if there was no social media.
There is alot to be said for ‘health and social media’. It is extremely freeing and inexpensive to share and discuss issues you have with your condition. It can be a great portal in which to join conversations once diagnosed. How the veterans of the Crohn’s and Colitis world got through the times when social media didn’t exist, is somewhat incomprehensible to me.
I try not to rely too heavily on social media to help me out, medically. There is nothing quite like seeing a doctor – an actually qualified medical professional – to help aid your treatment, by either confirming or rejecting certain qualities / symptoms. However, it is quite difficult to get some doctors to see you and take what you have presented with as serious.
When it comes to the additional needs that Crohn’s has; the emotional and mental support, for both physical problems and those developing supplementary ailments we can suffer from, sharing those thoughts and feelings on social media is, to some, necessary. Being able to vent and rant about certain aspects of your life can help free your mind and body of stress.
Without social media I wouldn’t have received the same support as I have done. That being said, I wouldn’t have been alone. I would have made more of an effort to get involved with a local support group and spent more time reaching out for other Crohnies in the area. For me, social media (here, meaning Twitter) has gotten the ball rolling for me in all aspects of my Crohn’s lifestyle.