In 2003, Marcia became aware of a special young woman, Lori Arquilla Andersen, who had just been diagnosed with cancer. Marcia was profoundly inspired – not just by Lori’s strength through crisis, but also by the way she harnessed the tools available to stay in touch with her family and friends during her illness. Through her own personal website, she posted her progress and courageously (and humorously!) inspired all who followed her struggle. As time went on, Lori’s support network expanded beyond her imagination. People visited Lori’s site to write encouraging messages, offer help to her family, or just stay updated and keep her in their prayers.
Inspired by Lori and her family, Marcia saw the tremendous benefit for cancer patients to communicate via a personal website. Sharing updates and managing caring messages via one central website can help everyone touched by cancer to deal with it.
“Lori’s website got us through the difficult times.”
-Linda Magiera, Lori’s mom
Marcia saw an opportunity to make a difference for other cancer patients. She decided to go for it, extending the benefit of free, personal websites to all cancer patients. Thus MyLifeLine.org Cancer Foundation was born as a non-profit organization.
How patients benefit from a personal website:
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At the time of my diagnosis, I was 31 years old and married with two small children. When I was diagnosed, I was so overwhelmed by not only the diagnosis and the treatment process, but also the amount of phone calls and emails I received from so many people that cared for me.
Therefore, I needed a way to easily communicate with my friends and family and then I found MyLifeLine.org and it really changed my life! I was able to post updates of my journey for everyone to read, see the inspiring messages (and read them when I was able to), and most of all, I utilized the helping calendar that saved my life. So many people wanted to help, and did not know how. The calendar allowed me to not feel guilty for asking.
MyLifeLine.org was such an instrumental part of my journey that I wanted to be a part of the organization and take it to the next level, while assisting cancer patients and their families in the process. I know in my heart that having cancer has changed my life. I did not let it define me, rather INSPIRE me.
Visit www.mylifeline.org to create your personal website today!