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Show the Love and Give a Heart

Submitted by on November 21, 2011 – 5:15 pm2 Comments

Guest post by Jeff Kennedy, Community Manager, HealthCentral & Wellsphere

Hearts. We all have one, but now it’s time to give one. And unlike organ donating (which is awesome, I guess not for the giver, but I digress…) HealthCentral makes giving a heart as simple as point and click.

Have you seen those commercials where a person asks one million questions in a place like a restaurant, but then goes to the doctor’s office and doesn’t ask anything? Watching it, I totally resonate with the situation. It’s silly that we don’t share everything with our doctors- it’s our life after all. However, I have knowingly done the same thing. Sometimes I felt embarrassed, I forgot, or I felt like my doctor wouldn’t take me seriously and actually listen to my concerns.

Even if we don’t want to admit it, we don’t mind turning to the internet for our health concerns. There are whole communities and pages built to cater from the most broad to the narrowest of health concerns. The best thing about that information is that you can use it to fill in all the blanks, or inform your next doctor’s visit all while remaining anonymous. So now that you’ve found information that’s meaningful , what do you do next?

Like most of us, you probably just go on your way with your new found knowledge and there’s nothing wrong with that. But maybe you take a second and remember how anxious, nervous, scared, or confused you were. I feel confident in saying none of us would want to pass those feelings on to someone else. In fact, I’m sure that if we could, we would try to ease those feelings as much as possible for anyone. When something captivates you, or eases worries, giving a heart can show others it made an impact. Read an informative article, on HealthCentral, about an upcoming surgery that put your anxiety and fears to rest? Click the heart button next to it.

The internet is huge, and there are a sea of voices. That is what makes it the single most useful, and destructive tool today. You can search for hours for information, but it’s not always clear what’s the best for someone in your situation. Every time you give a heart on HealthCentral you’re making sure that the person who comes after you has an even greater opportunity to find useful information.  Hearts empower the words and advice of other patients. It allows you become an empowered patient by influencing those who come after you . It’s an act of giving that benefits everyone.

Giving a heart is the simplest act of charity.


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  • Christine says:

    I heard a couple of guys talking about this in the New York subway so I looked it up online and found your page. Thanks. I thought I was right and you confirmed my thoughts. Thanks for the work you’ve put into this. I’d love to save this and share with my friends.

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