Could This Be You?
I learned a new word in my cyber travels this week…Cyberchondriac. I have to admit that it cracked me up. A hypochondriac is a label that may have been whispered behind my back through the years..but perhaps that label should be changed. Am I indeed a cyberchondriac?
My idea of a cyberchondriac would be a person(s) who diagnoses themselves with either one or more illnesses that they have read about on the internet. Now it is true that I research everything to death on the internet (not just illnesses, treatments, and symptoms). But I think this is typical for people with autoimmune illnesses, don’t you? I mean between the difficulty of finding a good doctor and the challenges of receiving a diagnosis (or the right diagnosis/es) at all..we are forced to look for answers as to what is happening to our bodies. Of course we are all professional googlers. And why not! We are the only ones who can advocate for ourselves in securing the best care and treatment available to us.
So maybe a better term would be: Cybersearcher! I will proudly own that label. Without being a cybersearcher, I would not have found the Sjogren’s Foundation or forums that help to educate me on the joys of living with Sjogren’s Syndrome.
So tell me…are you a proud cybersearcher?