For me, the most inspiring part of everyday life is when someone says or does something that causes me to pause and smile -- and even better, laugh. These moments allow me to feel connected to life. When they come my way, I feel instantly energized.
Perhaps this is why so many people find sharing information with like-minded others in an online community so rejuvenating. True, the virtual world can't take the place of real human interaction, but it can be a source of insights and inspiration when we need them most. Winston Churchill, who lived to age 91, said, "We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give."
At WebMD we focus on giving and receiving by providing a forum where you can share your own experiences for the benefit of those who may face the same challenges and need to know they are not alone.
Take our story on Patrick Dempsey (aka "Dr. McDreamy") from the hit medical show Grey's Anatomy. In his private life, Dempsey is a loving caregiver to his mother (a two-time ovarian cancer survivor) and a spokesperson for Breakaway From Cancer, an organization founded to raise awareness and support for those affected by cancer.
And we find NBA star Alonzo Mourning and his wife, Tracy, committing time and energy to the National Kidney Foundation and their philanthropic organization, Zo's Fund for Life, following Alonzo's own kidney disease and his need for a transplant (the donor was a second cousin he had not seen in 25 years).
How can you give back in similar ways? Share your information, and offer support in WebMD's easy-to-use community areas -- now 10 years strong. We are proud to be the No. 1 online cancer community and the top blog destination for insights from caring medical experts. Here you can provide your own insights -- and most likely receive a precious "connected moment" that keeps you energized and feeling supported.
Have a wonderful fall -- may it be filled with connected moments that inspire and energize you -- and we wish you plenty of inner sunshine for the winter months to come.
Yours in well-being,
Nan-Kirsten Forte, MS
Editor in Chief, WebMD the Magazine
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