How to Protect Your Family When Sharing Your Medical Journey Online

Esme, our 10-year-old daughter, had a deep bruise on her arm that just wouldn’t heal. As a practicing emergency medicine physician, I knew it was something that needed to be seen. And fast.

Tests confirmed what my instincts already knew to be true: Esme had an aggressive bone cancer called osteosarcoma.

We quickly learned what a powerful tool social media can be for families dealing with a challenging medical diagnosis.

Unfortunately, our family also learned that it can make you feel vulnerable and exposed if your information falls into the wrong hands.

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  • How to Protect Your Family When Sharing Your Medical Journey Online

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    Esme, our 10-year-old daughter, had a deep bruise on her arm that just wouldn’t heal. As a practicing emergency medicine physician, I knew it was something that needed to be seen. And fast.

    Tests confirmed what my instincts already knew to be true: Esme had an aggressive bone cancer called osteosarcoma.

    We quickly learned what a powerful tool social media can be for families dealing with a challenging medical diagnosis.

    Unfortunately, our family also learned that it can make you feel vulnerable and exposed if your information falls into the wrong hands.

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