How technology can support to illness and disabilty

13th October 2015: Sydney, Australia

How technology can enhance the social component of Cancer
I have frequently made references to the secondary factors associated with Cancer, especially the significant, and at times crippling impact these factors may have. By secondary factors I mean the impact of Cancer on relationships, career, housing circumstances and capacities. The following passage will focus on one area, namely, the social impact of Cancer.

Often isolation and vulnerability are labels attached to a person experiencing some hardship in their life, and it seems someone with Cancer definitely falls into this category. Similar to the themes of other posts, it would be likely to see a number of negatives outlined, however, I feel it it may be useful to complete an exercise whereby a story can be told about the switching of the topic from a negative to a positive. One means of achieving this is by placing emphasis on the benefits of technology to ensure you can still feel connected and partake within group activity regardless of your capacities. To anyone feeling any isolation, how about considering a review of how you can remain, repair or renew a social connection in your life, and then if comfortable share your brief story with others in the comments section?

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2 thoughts on “How technology can support to illness and disabilty

  1. I have to admit my online community has been a lifesaver for me, to some extend. I think part of it is because many people feel more comfortable exposing their vulnerability online without having to connect face to face. Sometimes it feels safer and less lonely. Because of this, I have been able to express myself and find a connection with those who have walked my (cancer) path. I don’t feel as alone. At the same time, I also feel that no matter how many people you connect with, cancer is still a very isolating disease. There’s still a sense of loneliness.

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