A nice members response recently reminded me of a situation I ran into after I found out I had Prostate Cancer in 2004.
During the initial consult when the Dr. delivered my bad news and I went deaf at the words "You have Cancer." We went home. We talked some and I started browsing the WEB looking for additional information.
I began to find it. I started saving places to our Favorites and as we use Explorer that folder started to get pretty junked up with all the stuff I was finding. We started to suffer INFORMATION OVERLOAD.
I joined a few web sites and lurked for a long time reading because I was to scared to speak up. I did not know anything. I did not like being in that position. I did not like having Cancer. I felt guilty lurking. I did not like being there but there I was none the less. This was all done often late at night because I could not sleep.
This forum is not the proper place for any technical discussion. But I do think a few simple comments about how to get organized might be appropriate.
My recommendations for getting organized are simple.
1. 0pen the HELP file for your browser and learn how to make Folders and Subfolders so well that you can do it blind folded. Plus, learn how to Name or Rename them.
2. Learn to Drag and Drop resources into the folders.
3. Learn to prune to reduce clutter.
4. Lurk and Learn about Cancer, Treatment Options, Doctors, Possible Results or After Effects, Building your Treatment Team, Affect on Families..................to infinity.
5. Join a site when you can see good being done by mostly volunteers and comment is mostly positive and helpful.
6. Realize that many have your same fears and it is OK to be afraid. Cancer is mean stuff and we know that.
7. Go harvest and prune all you want and good luck on your journey. We want you to be healthy and for this Site to go away as "No Longer Needed." Great strides are being made daily in the fight to defeat Cancer. But this fight is very much needed at this time.
You are the patient with Cancer. You have a direct respondsibility to take care of yourself and the sooner you face that, the better off you will be. Cancer will drag you kicking and screaming into the rest of your life. Cancer will change your life.
All of these things are OK because it is your life now after Cancer was found in you. What was normal is no longer. You must find your New Normal.
I wish you well on your journey and safe passage.
P.S. Study my signature block and you will see there is life after Cancer. That is our combined wish for you as members of this board and as people who care.