Patients log on to stay connected

Patients log on to stay connected
Eugene - A non-profit organization is hooking medical patients up to the web so that families can stay in touch during recovery.

Sarah Carricaburu plays and slides like any four year old. But one year ago during a check-up, her parents found out, Sarah wasn't doing so well.

"She said, I'm sure it's nothing, I'm really sure but let's do a routine blood panel and see what we come up with and 3 hours later we had a diagnosis of leukemia," says Sarah's mom Jodi.

Since then Sarah's been through treatments including steroids, I.V. and oral chemotherapy. "They go through stages the first month... month and a half is really the roughest," says Rob Carricaburu.

It was a tough time, but also hard to keep in touch with loved ones wanting to know about Sarah's health. "The last thing you want to do is answer the phone when you're in shock," says Jodi.

That's when they turned to the Internet. The Carricaburu's created a CaringBridge site, where they keep a journal on Sarah's condition, add pictures and receive messages.

"It's given people who are generally concerned who maybe don't feel comfortable asking every day how's Sarah doing a way to check on her progress," says Rob.

And it's given Sarah's mom a way to help others battling childhood leukemia, by asking congress for more funding. "I can say this is a website you can go onto you can lobby your local congressmen please pass this bill," says Jodi.

But more importantly, it's a way to tell Sarah's story. "It was a way for people to be able to stay in touch with her because I think this touches a lot of people's hearts," says Jodi.

For more information log on to: http://www.caringbridge.org/