Here we are, one week after the website going online. You can join us by signing on. See the top right hand corner. While the public can see our news and resources, only members can see our forums and other good stuff. Members can comment in the forums or under our articles.
Our previous website, really only a blog on Blogger.com, now redirects to this site. We were getting over 4000 hits a month over there so we expect this site to grow gradually. People will find our articles and some of them will join up. The connection and the conversation become richer when numbers grow and people from all over New Zealand, who might have once felt alone, become part of our family.
We also want to welcome our friends from Australia, the UK and the US. Many of us were provided with comfort, support and information by overseas support sites. It's good to be able to return the favour.
I have updated the regional groups, adding Northland and Nelson/Marlborough. Previously we had kept to the Cancer Society regions which lumped diverse parts of the country together into six big groups. I have added a photo for Waikato/Bay of Plenty where I lived for decades. I think I owe joint allegiance to Auckland and the BOP.
The closed Facebook group continues to impress me with its compassion, good humour, advice and overall friendliness. There's an immediacy to Facebook and an ease of use. These are harder to achieve instantly on a website. A website offers much, much more, however, as we will see as time goes on.
So go on, if you are a head and neck patient, survivor, carer, loved one, health professional, join us and help our online community grow!
I'll finish this post with a photo of Mount Maunganui. The one I used for the Waikato/BOP group. Walking around that mountain used to be one of my favourite strolls. Maureen