February 11, 2012, 4:49 pm
Filter or not? An article about information gathering on behalf of a cancer patient.
Protecting from unwanted information while browsing the Internet is not always easy. Of course I started to browse the Internet as soon as I have received my diagnosis 6 years ago. So did my best friend and former boyfriend from the times when we were studying at the University. And then he did a nice thing. He begged me to stay out of the Internet. He explained to me that he found heaps of information about my disease there, and that a lot of it was very depressing. He thought that reading all that stuff would make me even more depressed than I already was. We agreed that I would tell him what issues I would like to read about and he would do the search. And he did an enormous amount of research for me. He researched about the sarcoma centers in the world, about the doctors that were treating me, browsed through the support groups.
The nice thing about our procedure was that he was able to give me hope. He provided me with good news. Stories about successful treatments. It gave me hope. Of course he chose not to tell me about probabilities to stay alive, bad stories, stories about mistreatments. And looking back I am very thankful for his help and for the filtering he did for me. It was the right thing to do at that time.