My name is Kathy and I am a Facebookaholic. Thank you. I don’t know why it is that I have made that admission, because I have no intention of changing my ways. I love it and am not afraid to say so.
When I moved from my hometown four years ago this week, I had lived within 10 miles of where I went to High School and in the same community a good majority of my classmates lived in. Except for the rare meeting at Stop and Shop, I almost never saw or heard from anyone. I had a vague idea what some of them were up to or maybe what they had been up to about 20 years ago.
My college friends worked like the game of Telephone. We would pass along what we knew and hope the watered down version was close to accurate. Usually it wasn’t even close.
I missed so many of my friends and contacts from the different schools, camps, neighborhoods and workplaces I had been involved in over my lifetime.
When my youngest child started her battle with Leukemia at 2 years old, many of my old friends came out of my past to show me unbelievable love and support. I thought it was the greatest blessing of the battle. To know the love of those I have loved in the past and have them cheering my baby girl onto remission was unbelievable and surreal to me.
Then came her relapse and another 2 plus excrutiating years of weekly chemo, blood transfusions, radiation, bouts of illnesses that would have toppled a full grown adult, even a stint with pneumonia and on life support which she mercifully recovered from. It was during this time that I registered for Facebook.
I couldn’t have made a better move.
I now have rekindled friendships (virtual as they may be) with almost everyone I could hope to rekindle with! I share our family’s progress and more importantly, I get to see what they are up to! The one sided discussions of childhood cancer and the battle for my daughter’s life was replaced with new baby photos and graduation news. I have seen the children, grandchildren, husbands, wives, friends and roommates of people I would normally only get in a Christmas card.
This week has been a great example of Facebook in my life. I have been able to share the Glory of my New York Yankees with fellow fans in my life. I am watching and Facebooking now, as a matter of fact. I am able to dish the dirt and trash talk with my friends who care …. not many of them here in my house in North Carolina!
I have also made new connections with many parents of children who have battled or are in the midst of fighting the same disease as Julia. It is an impromptu support group at times and at times it is a place where we can advocate, educate and show our Activism against Pediatric Cancer.
It has brought me joy as I reconnect. It has brought me frustration as those who have no morals intercede. It has brought me sadness as I hear of losses or battles of those I care about. It has brought me peace as I am made aware of the wellness of some I would never have known of any other way. It has broadened my life and my friendships and I am addicted.
I have no intention of finding a cure, but would love to have a support group. Are you a Facebooker and how do you use it?!