Thursday, April 24, 2008

Blogs as a Way for the Ill to Connect to the World

The parents of a five year old girl, Samantha, wrote a blog documenting her life struggling with childhood cancer. Her parents wrote the blog from Samantha's perspective, telling her story in a a voice and style that they guessed she would have written herself. It is remarkable that this little girl's story was followed by thousands of readers, and her recent death made the news. Samantha's parents were able to express their thoughts and try to relate to their daughter's emotions through this blog and it must have been therapeutic for them. The fact that their daughter touched so many people must have comforted them greatly. The ability to reach out with such ease and benefit from the support of so many - strangers and friends alike - is really a web difference.

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