Exactly what I’ve been trying to say….
I have to tell you, every twist and turn of this cancer experience always reveals something new. There is the physical stuff: physiology, biology, and chemistry. There is the psychological stuff: fear, resolve, sadness. happiness, and uncertainty. And then there are the intangibles. You could argue these are part of the psychological, but I disagree. By intangibles I mean support and empathy, both real and virtual.
Over the last three weeks or so I’ve had the distinct displeasure of witnessing individuals who, on discussion boards, rage and lash out at other people with insulting, judgmental, and patronizing comments. Online rudeness doesn’t surprise me at all. Indeed, it’s pretty standard in the virtual world. When I first used email for a class in college, I was shocked when a classmate of mine, in addressing a woman with whom he disagreed, wrote “See ya! Wouldn’t want to be ya!” He was reprimanded…
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