I used to be really bad with technology. I know many people probably don’t believe that, because teenagers are supposed to be really good at it. I however, hardly knew how to use my email or the internet. Now that I have been really ill, I have learned to used technology pretty well. I am definitely not an expert, but I’ve come a far ways.
I used to think that media was bad. I still think that it can be bad in certain situations or for certain people. For me though it has helped me so much. Basically my whole life is online and through the internet. Most of my friends are on Facebook, Instagram and other social media sites. I also text and Skype my friends. If there was no internet or these social media sites, I would feel very alone and isolated. The way that I see what is going on in the world and to people around me is also through these sites. I am very lucky and thankful to be able to use technology in this way. I think that it is amazing that I can have a friendship with someone across the country, and even across the world. It’s an interesting way of living. I don’t go out that often, so this has become my world. Before I had face-to-face conversations with people; now I mostly text, call, or Skype. There is a bad side to social media though. It’s hard for me to see my friends go on with their lives. It’s hard to see people out in the real world living. For me, I get more good things out of it than bad. I still wish to be able to have a social life, but this is at least something. I feel grateful that I get to talk to other teens going through the same thing I am. This is how I stay connected to life.
I just recently got involved with all of the Lyme disease sites. I remember before I felt very depressed and isolated. When I met my first friend online, life instantly got better. I remember smiling for the first time in months. I was so exited. Now I talk to her everyday and we even watch TV together through Google Hangouts! It’s cool, because I have so much in common with her. I feel like with all my Lyme friends (not just her) we have an instant connection. We all know what it’s like to be chronically ill. We’re strangers, yet the first things we ask are, “how are you?” and “what treatments are you doing?” You know that you are going to be supported by this person.
I think that there is a time and place for technology. For chronically ill patients it can be very helpful in keeping us from feeling alone.