MyBridge4Life; A Great Patient ResourceLeave a Comment
In previous posts, we identified some great sites for patients & caregivers (see the end of this post, for links.) One type of site makes it easy to connect with family & friends. They help you create a central source for the lastest updates on a hospitalized loved one (and avoid many individual phone calls from people checking on them,) simplify the process of coordinating people to provide home care, along with other helpful features. We also looked at online communities that help you connect with people experiencing similar health challenges for emotional support & to exchange info on treatment, medication, doctors etc. MyBridge4Life.com is an interesting site that combines aspects of both types of sites, plus some new features.
MY BRIDGE 4 LIFE – OVERVIEW
MyBridge4Life was founded by Roger Holzberg, a cancer survivor who is with the National Cancer Institute, and the site has partnerships with several well-known nonprofits including LiveStrong, the cancer fighting organization started in 1997 by Lance Armstrong. MyBridge4Life offers a number of online tools, organized around 4 main features:
1. My Bridge Plan – Learning you have a serious medical condition can be overwhelming, so the site helps you develop a personalized plan to manage your health. The plan guides you step by step to establish goals during each phase of the process; diagnosis, treatment, healing and well-being.
2. My Community – Helps you leverage support from friends and family, fellow patients, healthcare providers and community members.
3. My Bridge Book – Helps you create (from your online Bridge Plan) a printed journal to organize and track doctor’s appointments, treatments & medications, contacts, questions and more.
4. Tips 4 Life – A database of information, ideas, tips and advice from people who have experienced the same challenges you’re currently facing.
USING MY BRIDGE 4 LIFE
- If you’re interested in MyBridge4Life, you can check out their home page: MyBridge4Life.com
- From the home page, you can register for MyBridge4Life and their online tools & services, which are all free. You can also watch a video about each of the 4 main areas identified above (each video is just over one minute long.)
- If you’re not too comfortable using the internet, you may worry you’ll struggle with signing up & using the site’s online tools. If so, check out the MyBridge4Life Start Up Guide, a helpful guide you can download in pdf format. You may even want to print it and use it as you set up an account, fill-out your profile, develop your Bridge Plan, set up a blog, create your community and more.
- The Start Up Guide contains explanation & background of each of the site’s features & tools, then provides step by step instructions and screen shots to guide you.
- There’s no mention of (or link to) the Start Up Guide on the home page or the registration form, so if it sounds like it will make it easier for you to utilize the site, follow this link to download & print the guide: MyBridge4Life Start Up Guide
Please leave us a comment! What other types of online resources should we research & write about? What sites have you used and found most helpful?
Links to previous blog posts mentioned above, in the first paragraph of this post:
Top 4 Websites That Make it Easy to Connect With Family & Friends
5 More Websites That Make it Easy to Connect With Family & Friends
For Caregivers and Patients: Online Support & Educational Resources