Tuesday, July 5, 2011

HealKick, the first social network for teens and young adults with neuro-immune disease

There is finally a place online to meet young people who are dealing with the same issues, both medical and personal. It’s a place to form friendships and feel normal again.

HealKick is the first social network for teens 18 and above and young adults in their 20’s and 30’s with neuro-immune illnesses like Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Lyme disease, Lupus, Sarcoidosis, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, and Mold Related Illness.

Earlier this year an online support group also called healKick was launched. Dr Speedy previously posted about it here and now it has grown into a full social network with many incredible features like:
• The ability to IM other patients on the site.
• Microblogging
• A members map to find local patients in your area,
• The ability to pick the site’s language and connect with other patients around the world.
• Disease-specific and general discussion forums for any thought or question you have.
• A points system that allows you to earn prizes for being active on the site.

In the first article by Dr Speedy you can read all about the background of the site and the reasons for it’s creation. I’m here to talk to you about what the site is today. It’s a great place for people with ME, CFS, Lyme, Fibro or other conditions to gather and discuss condition-specific topics. It’s also a place to learn from people with a different condition about how they deal with similar situations. Beyond the illnesses however, it is a place to be a young person again. Sometimes chronic illnesses can make you feel old and un-relatable. Not so at healKick.

Because all of the members are in the same stage of life, it is easy to fit in, relate and make friends. There is even a weekly virtual movie night for those who want to participate.

HealKick goes beyond a traditional support group and unites people with both similar conditions and shared phase of life. If you’re a young adult under 40 with a neuro-immune illness, please come and check out healKick! We can’t wait to get to know you. If you don’t fit the criteria, please share this information with anyone and everyone that you know who does fit the criteria!

Hope to see you soon at HealKick!


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