February was all about Matchmaking for Health Activists – connecting you to your community members, fellow online health leaders, and even healthcare professionals (which will be our focus in March). We gathered so many great tips from you throughout the month that are helpful for creating deeper connections with members and utilizing your talents.
February’s Health Activist Matchmaking Month is coming to a close and this week’s #HAChat focused on matchmaking within your online community. Matchmaking is a great way to build up your network, help people help each other, and take some of the pressure off of you as a Health Activist and community leader. Check out these tips and tricks for matchmaking and why it’s so important.
Today’s post takes a more literal look at our theme of “Matchmaking Month,” as Sharifa writes about actual matchmaking sites online. As we discussed in last week’s #HAchat – telling someone you’re romantically interested in that you’re living with a health condition – is not something anyone looks forward to. The conversation itself is scary and anticipation of the recipient’s response might be even scarier. When you’re thinking of love and romance – the last thing you want to focus on is the tough challenge of living with a symptoms, treatment, and the weight of self-care. Perhaps this is the exact thought behind the creation of certain dating sites that are especially tailored to patients who are chronically ill. Just as there are sites dedicated to members of certain religious groups or centered around particular hobbies – these patient-dating sites reveal a few of the important facts about each of the members’ lives – just related to their health instead. Let’s look at what these sites aim to accomplish and how they compare and contrast to our own patient-to-patient health communities. –Amanda
As we delve into February’s theme of “Health Activist Matchmaking” – our first Health Activist Tweetchat of the month will focus on something that is discussed by (and important to) just about everyone: relationships.
Relationships are hard work – but when you add a health condition, a diagnosis, treatment, symptoms, or other health-related complications to the mix – there is even more to manage. When living with a health condition (or caring for someone who is) – how does that impact your relationships? Where do conversations about your health fit in and how do you take it on without letting it take over?