Suss Out Social Media

Social media can be a great place to find others for support and encouragement. It’s an amazing tool that can help you get through a myriad of rough patches.

But we all know it’s got a less positive side too.

First, don’t compare your journey to anyone else’s online. Each cancer experience is as nuanced as the human attached so stay focused on your lane my love.

Second, misinformation is everywhere, so stick to what your medical team is telling you first, and ask questions if you have them. Do your research from credible sources. Not Bev off Facebook.

If you decide to post about your cancer journey online, remember that it’ll be a permanent reminder of what you’re going through. Try to be aware if you find yourself becoming addicted to the validation from  the sympathy others may give you. It’s actually incredibly common in this online age and few of us are immune.

Ask yourself what the benefits of sharing a post really are. And why are you really sharing it? If you feel any digitally-induced anxiety, give yourself a break. Ditch it for a few hours, days, or altogether. You don’t owe updates to anyone. Mute. Block. Delete.

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