The feedback on my recent post about dementia, What Makes Me Angry? Dementia., was truly heartwarming. Quite a few of my friends called and emailed, while others posted on my Facebook page or retweeted the story to their followers. Thanks to LinkedIn and a few other social media sites, hundreds of new readers visited Dating Dementia to read my post and many left comments.
Personally, the response made me feel less alone. However, I realized my isolation was lessened because so many others have gone through or are going through similar experiences with their family members. So the big response is what people in the Midwest call a “mixed blessing.”
Still, it helps to write about my experiences with dementia.
Strong reaction to this post also pointed out the importance and power of social media. I’m active on most of the big social media platforms and love connecting with others — on a very wide range of topics — which helps me keep my sanity and perspective.
An avid reader, I recently joined Goodreads, and feel a bit “late to the party,” since most of my reader friends have been active on that site for years. I blanketed everyone with Goodread friend requests and dozens of you have responded. Another site to make connections!
Social media has become a lifeline, especially since I moved back to my rural hometown. Online, I learn something new every day, have a platform for venting my feelings and interact with a diverse group of people who enrich my life.
Thanks to everyone for reaching out and making a difference.
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