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Take care of yourself, too

Posted Nov 26 2008 12:31pm

Parents, for the most part, put their children first, and then relegate themselves to second place. Or maybe third. Or maybe tenth. Or maybe 100th.

This is especially true of parents of children with autism and other developmental disorders. By the time you get the child’s school work together and arrange for the occupational therapy, and the TSS comes by and you make all the other doctor appointments, and teacher meetings, and team meetings, and IEP consults—heaven forbid you take time for the other children who might have a need or two! Significant others tend to slip down the list as well (mine included, poor thing!)

So often you’re last on your list.

But you know what? As Yeats said, things fall apart, if the center doesn’t hold. You need to take time for yourself, both for physical and mental health. Now a new online community called Wellsphere makes it easy–and healthy– for you to improve your life.

I’m pleased because Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge,one of the site’s founders, asked me to join their community as someone who blogs on autism issues. There, I was pleased to find other familiar names from our online autism community as well, and we’ve all been tapped to answer questions and provide insight on issues that people may encounter.

The site includes so much more, including interactive goal-setting and rewards for achieving those goals, forums on many, many health issues (I’ve really learned a lot about my fibromyalgia since I’ve been checking in!) and also just simply providing great ways to help you stay on track with your forward progress!

Wellsphere will launch a new service called Health Maven, where you can ask a specialist a question about whatever issue you’re having. Some of those on the list are doctors, some nurses, others have personal knowledge through their own conditions, or perhaps their children’s. I know that most of the good advice I’ve received about my children’s autism I’ve gotten from other parents–so I’m very excited about this!

Dr. Rutledge says: “Health mavens are carefully selected, knowledgeable, health experts who are committed to helping others live healthier, happier lives.  Hundreds of Health Mavens have volunteered to join the program and answer questions, with new Mavens signing up every day.”

“We’re witnessing an incredible growth in the number of people using the Internet to find health information” said Wellsphere’s CEO Ron Gutman.  According to an iCrossing research report, for the first time in history people with health questions are more likely to turn to the Web for answers than to their doctor.  “Recognizing this trend…we assembled the world’s leading network of over 1,800 medical and patient experts to share … with Wellsphere.com’s almost 3 million monthly visitors. We are humbled by the experience, expertise and genuine care these wonderful individuals share every day with people who come to Wellsphere looking for answers,” said Gutman.

So come by–click on the button on the sidebar and ask your questions!


   Tagged: advice, Asperger's, fibromyalgia, health, IEP, maven, online medical, Wellsphere   
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