By Sona Mehring
Devices like notebooks and iPads,
and, of course, desktop computers are everywhere in our lives. If you’re dealing with a chronic condition, technology provides a way to receive the care and support you need, even if you often find it difficult to ask for assistance.
I’m not talking about the cold, impersonal interactions often associated with online communication. I’m talking about using technology to create a space where people can connect and volunteer to help you with tasks, such as:
- Bringing a nutritious meal
- Grocery shopping
- Offering a ride to the doctor
- Helping with laundry
Fifteen years ago, I used technology to create a space where my friend could receive the support she needed during a difficult time. It instantly became a connection point that allowed family members to communicate information to a wide circle of people, bringing a supportive community together.
It’s important to realize your community is eager to help you. “Can I mow your lawn?” “Do you need someone to watch the kids?” All asked out of a desire to care for you. Now you just need to get organized. The variety of online calendars available now makes it easy for friends and family to coordinate everyday tasks. It’s a way people can use technology to care for each other.
Karin Gelschus, a CaringBridge staff member and WebMD blogger, said in her post 10 Things Lupus Will Never Take from Me: Part 1, “Regardless of the type of diagnosis, your world is forever changed.” One thing that doesn’t have to change is using technology to simplify your daily life.
What ways have you used technology to make tasks easier? When you ask others for help, what type of tasks do you ask for help with? Leave your comment!
You can also check out an online calendar we recently created at CaringBridge.
Sona Mehring is the founder and CEO of CaringBridge, a nonprofit offering many ways for people to care for each other during any type of health event. CaringBridge offers personal Sites, a SupportPlanner and an online volunteer community, the Amplifier Hub. Follow Sona on Twitter – @gogosona.