Message boards like this one have lots of posters on them, all with different issues, treatments, complications, concerns, etc. Board admins like everyone to start their own thread and not inject their personal issues into another person's thread of ideas. (That's referred to as hijacking a thread). An easy way to remember this is if what you are writing is mainly about you and your situation then it usually belongs on your own post or thread, not another members.

The reason for this is that people on the board like to "follow" you, get to understand your particular situation and read what others have offered up to you before they add to your thread. Also, a good signature block lets everyone know your situation (this signature evolves and changes as you progress) and keeping your story separate from others keeps it all less confusing to people who wish to help or comment.

After your thread progresses (if we hope not, you actually become a patient) you start new threads in the treatment forum, or emotional issues forum or whatever depending on where you are in the process. Thanks for understanding. It will make it easier for everyone who wishes to stay abreast of your situation and give you some assistance along the way. test

Brian, stage 4 oral cancer survivor. OCF Founder and Director. The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.