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One social network that promises not to “monetize” you

Founder and CEO Sona Mehring helps keep you and your CaringBridge health social network safe and secure

CaringBridge CEO Sona Mehring and Amplifier Jenny Counsell recently spoke about the benefits of sharing health updates in an ad-free space on American Public Media’s Marketplace Tech Report. Though CaringBridge gets calls from potential advertisers almost daily, Sona said we’ll continue to embrace the charitable giving model that has sustained our organization for over 15 years.

“Monetizing,” simply put, means trying to make money at the expense of people visiting a site or participating in a social network like Facebook or Twitter. Running paid ads or selling certain information about site visitors are examples of monetizing.

CaringBridge doesn’t do this. Instead, we help those coping with illness to set up their own free web pages that allow them to stay connected to those who care about them. These are private spaces where ads will never appear—secure places where no user data will ever be sold. The pages are just for the owner, and his or her health social network.

Read One Social Network That Promises Not to Monetize You now,
American Public Media Marketplace Tech Report for March 30, 2012.



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Nell Kauls is a writer who is passionate about producing great content that helps people in their lives. She also blogs about weightloss and wellness at My Life Lived With Fat.


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  • By Lynne Stull

    To Dona Crisman: Your friends from UFO have been praying for you!! We remembered and spoke of some of the wonderful times we’ve had together with you, especially when we were making earrings, trimming jackets, etc. –you really knew your stuff !!!! We send you our love and prayers.

    • By Thales

      December 13, 2011Hi Bette I’m so sorry for the added stress of diltericuvitis. That just sounds awful for both you and your mom.There’s a common piece of advice for family caregivers of persons with dementia (you’ll have heard it): Separate the disease from the person. Meaning, be mad at the disease, but not at the individual.I wonder if you could kinda tweak this advice for your situation with the kids. Meaning, what if you could separate how they feel about the caregiving situation and how they feel about you? So, if they are upset about something related to the disease and caregiving, you don’t take it personally. They’re mad about caregiving AND they love you. I wonder if you could let go of the stress of hoping they’ll love you, even though your mom with dementia lives with you. If you move into knowing, no matter, that they love you perhaps the stress and pressure of the day would lessen for you. Because, no matter what, they just love you. Arrive everywhere loved is the my favorite piece of advice I’ve ever received. Arrive into your day, into your mom’s room, into your afternoon loved. Because you are.What’s happening with your mom is scary so the kids will take their cue from you. If you can define the scary moments for them as a rough day for your mom perhaps it will seem less unusual. You also might want to normalize the behavior as being part of the disease process. It’s normal for someone with dementia to have bad moments and days. You might say, Nana is having a bad afternoon. Here’s how I’m helping her: I’m sitting with her, I’m reassuring her that she’s okay. I’m doing for her what I do for you guys when you have a bad day. Stay confident, Bette. Your confidence will help you continue, especially when something unwelcome like diltericuvitis arrives. And, I hope you can see you have every reason to be confident. You are so smart and wise and caring. Wear those badges proudly.