LivingWithCIDP Members, Friends and Family,
As we begin a brand new year, envigorated with greater joy and compassion, we renewed our greater commitments to our community. BensFriends grew tremendously in the past three years, and we want to take this moment both to thank you and to make a promise to continue fulfill our mission: to ensure that everyone in the world with a rare disease has a safe place to go and connect with others like them.
We’re truly privileged to help you make 2012 significant and meaningful!
IN THIS ISSUE
1. Welcome New Members
2. Ben’s Friends Gets International Exposure at Leading UK News Website
3. Creating Local Groups and Organizing Meetups
4. Interesting Discussion
5. Community Stats
Welcome New Members
Since we started, we owed our strength to the amazing members of our community. We are glad that you have found us and now you are part of our community that spreads information, cheers, and inspiration. You may not know it but by seeking support, you are providing it as well. We want to know more of you, hear your thoughts and read your stories. We are not just a great community but we are a great community made up of great people. And yes, you are one of us now. We are 157 members strong and we continue to grow in number and in spirit.
Ben’s Friends Gets International Exposure at Leading UK News Website
The Daily Telegraph recently featured Ben’s Friends in an article written by Judith Potts. In the post, Ms. Potts acknowledged the contribution of Ben’s Friends to the lives of people who are struggling with rare diseases. She also mentioned the “special services of comfort and support” that our communities bring.
We are thankful for the recognition that Ms. Potts has given us. All the milestones we have reached so far were made possible by you. As of date, Ben’s Friends is 12,600 strong and growing in number everyday. We might be far from each other but we are united with our desire to support and to strengthen to one another.
Creating Local Groups and Organizing Meet-ups
People with rare diseases feel isolated because most people around them do not understand their condition. This concern inspired Ben Munoz to create Ben’s Friends. Through our different communities, members with rare disease are able to give and receive support online. However, many of our members feel that we can provide better support if we extend our friendship from the virtual to the real world. Creating a local group and having meetups will allow us to meet people who truly understand our condition. Through meetups, we can also strengthen and inspire one another. Read more on how to create groups and meetups on this page.
Here is an interesting discussion entitled “How do you get diagnosed?” by DoggyMama. Take a minute, have a look and join this terrific discussion. It’s worth reading,indeed!
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