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by Robyn

News about the online centre and other cancer related topics
21 February 2011 at 16:13

What's on the online centre?

 As I am on holiday far from the internet this week ( I have promised my family not to even take a peek!) I thought it would be a good time to write about what we have to offer here at Maggie’s online centre.
What you see on the site will depend whether you have registered and logged in or not....
Visitors who haven’t registered will have limited access and will be able to read some of the blogs and conversations depending on the individual privacy settings of the members.

If you complete our short registration you will become a member of Maggie’s online.  You don’t need to be a computer whiz -  lots of our members say they have never joined anything online before and  there is plenty of help on hand if you get stuck – just let us know.

  As a member you will be able (if you wish) to complete a short profile introducing yourself.   You will also be able, not just to read, but to comment on existing conversations and, when you feel ready, start your own.

You can make friends within the online centre by clicking on a user name.   You can then read their profile and, if you want to, send them  a friend request.  Friends are able to send each other personal messages that are not visible to the rest of the online community.

 As a member you may choose to  start a blog , a bit like a diary where ( as long as it isn’t offensive) you just write whatever you want  – many people find it helps to write their feelings down, and it can also be a good way to keep others up to date with what is happening. 
After you write each blog entry you can choose to keep it private, to let your Maggie’s friends read it or for it to be available for anyone viewing the online community to read.
Jude our online Benefits advisor writes a weekly benefits blog which unravels the maze of information, rules and regulations surrounding   allowances that anyone affected by cancer may be entitled to claim.

We have several live online support groups. These small confidential groups are led by our psychologists and meet online once a week.   There are currently groups for carers, people living with cancer and connections:  a group for people who have been bereaved. You can find out more about the groups and register here.   My previous blog entry also has a link to a radio 4 interview where Lesley one of our psychologists talks about the live online support groups.

As a member you are also welcome to contact me either via a conversation or personal message and we can work out together, the best way for Maggie’s to help you, to  find the support you need.

Hopefully this gives you an idea of what to expect – you can join in as much or as little as you want - it’s up to you...
Whilst I am away the rest of our friendly online team will be here to answer messages. I will leave you in their capable hands and look forward to welcoming new members  and catching up with existing ones after my holiday.
Best wishes to you all
Robyn, Maggie's Online Centre Head

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