Monday, December 19, 2011

Treatment Diaries - Community of Support for Chronic Illnesses

Treatment Diaries is a social networking platform for those living with or caring for someone with chronic diseases to share their stories and connect. This support network can be especially important during the holiday season.

Sometimes it can be lonely to live with a chronic illness or be a caregiver for someone with a chronic illness. Treatment Diaries is a comforting place to journal experiences and express feeling privately or with others. Community members can ask questions about treatment options and receive support, all anonomyously.

Living your life with a chronic condition or caring for someone with an on-going illness is perhaps one of life’s greatest challenges, demanding significant perseverance and genuine support. Whether you are a patient, caregiver, family member or advocate - doctors offer medical assistance, loved ones provide empathy for a short period - but who really understands the daily struggle and the questions you live with; “Why me?” or “What can I do to help make it stop?” or “Why won’t the pain just go away?” The answer: ONLY you and those who share your condition and experience! The good news, at Treatment Diaries, no matter what the condition or situation - YOU are no longer alone.

Why Treatment Diaries?
  • Connections are powerful and made through shared conditions and the inspiration found in those who understand

  • Real information shared based on personal experience

  • Who you are and the sharing you do is kept anonymous

  • Search on a key word to make connections through shared treatments, experiences and emotions.

  • Read the diaries of others and be inspired.

  • Scribble in a diary of a fellow user to show encouragement and provide hope.

    • Extending support through experience is empowering - building a new sense of meaning in your life and a renewed sense of self. To help someone you can relate to is therapeutic and a large component of establishing overall personal well-being.
      Founder Amy Ohm says “We want people to make authentic, quality, lifelong, and if they wish anonymous connections, and inspire others to live life to the fullest, no matter what their condition.” If you are searching for on line support checking out might be both comforting and uplifting.

      If you are searching for a gift that will be usefual and appreciated by a cancer patient or someone with another chronic disease which has unpleasant side effects please visit

      Monday, December 12, 2011

      Minerva Health Technologies Inc. Partners with Lots To Live For, Inc.

      Minerva Health Technologies Inc. Partners with Lots To Live For, Inc. to Distribute Minerva® Health Manager Personal Health Record Software

      WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. – Minerva Health Technologies Inc. has partnered with Lots To Live For, Inc. to distribute Minerva® Health Manager, a Personal Health Record Manager system that organizes important health information for patients and families in one software solution.

      Whether individuals and their family members are relatively healthy and going for a routine doctor’s visit, or managing a chronic condition and receiving extensive treatment, many want to be actively involved in their healthcare experience. Minerva Health Manager helps them securely manage their individual health history, without the use of the Internet; from detailed information on medical alerts, emergency contacts, health conditions, medications, allergies, immunizations, and insurance, to storing test results, treatments, and contents of their official advance directives.

      And best of all, Minerva personal health records can be portable, so Healthcare Providers and Agents can have immediate access to their patient’s most current medical records – wherever, whenever, without the use of the Internet.

      “Unfortunately, you can’t always rely on our healthcare system to have access to critical health information for accurate diagnoses or treatments. Anyone who has been in an emergency room likely has nightmares of all of the paperwork and chaos,” said Dan Schiavello, President, of Minerva Health Technologies. “With Minerva, you can have all of your health information stored on a lightweight wristband or tiny flash drive---smaller than a house key --- available in emergencies and for routine doctor visits.”

      With a complete health history carried on their Minerva Wristband or Slimline Flash Drive, stored on a mobile device such as an iPad, iPhone or Android, or even as a printed report, they will be in a better position to receive the very best healthcare for themselves and their family members.

      The Minerva personal health record software solution is comprehensive and easy to use, and it is surprisingly affordable for such a powerful software tool. Watch the 3‑minute Video Tour to learn how Minerva can help save lives. You can also download the free Trial and the Minerva PHR Viewer, a free app for your mobile device.

      Lots To Live For, Inc. offers products to combat unpleasant and uncomfortable side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Importantly, Lots To Live For, Inc. sells items to help heal and soothe radiation burns. In addition they provide helpful cancer skin care products for sensitive and compromised skin, and hair care products to reduce and prevent hair loss. Lots To Live For, Inc offers thoughtful and appreciated cancer gifts and compassionate service. Now through the partnership with Minerva, Lots To Live For, Inc. also offers patients a way to organize, coordinate, store, and carry their important medical records.

      About Minerva Health Technologies
      Founded in 2000, Minerva Health Technologies Inc. is a software development company specializing in computer aided health software development and consulting. Minerva Health Technologies develops Consumer and Healthcare Provider software to manage personal health records and to optimize the interaction between patients and their healthcare providers.

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      About Lots To Live For
      Lots To Live For, Inc. is a family business created to help individuals who are battling cancer. We offer help and solutions for side effects caused by radiation and chemotherapy treatments. We have carefully selected products that were extremely useful to various patients we've worked with, which include the courageous members of our own family. All of the products are available to order on our website.

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      Tuesday, December 6, 2011 allows creation of free, personal and private websites that connect people experiencing a health challenge with family and friends

      CaringBridge provides free websites that connect people experiencing a significant health challenge to family and friends, making each health journey easier. CaringBridge is free to users because it is powered and supported by generous donors.

      Patients and caregivers who receive a difficult diagnosis should consider creating a CaringBridge website to document their personal health journey. CaringBridge can help those with serious health challenges to communicate with friends and family about their journey. And, friends and loved ones can leave messages and thoughts of inspiration for the patient. Because patients may have time constraints due to facility visiting hours or medication protocols, the CaringBridge guest book allows communication at convenience. Visitors to the guest book don't have to worry that their attempts to reach out might be intrusive or ill timed. And, the patient can communicate with supporters through journal postings. Those with serious health challenges are encouraged to explore this wonderful resource.

      The following information is from the About Us section of the website:
      CaringBridge websites offer a personal and private space to communicate and show support, saving time and emotional energy when health matters most. The websites are easy to create and use. Authors add health updates and photos to share their story while visitors leave messages of love, hope and compassion in the guestbook.

      Connected by CaringBridge


      Each day, half-a-million people connect through CaringBridge.
      More than 1 billion visits have been made to personal CaringBridge websites.
      The CaringBridge community includes authors, visitors and/or donors in all 50 states and more than 225 countries/territories around the world.

      Please visit our website for caring gifts at