Wireless technology revolutionizes patient support systems

Wireless technology, including everything from e-mail, text messaging and MySpace-type Web sites, has changed the way individuals' support systems develop when they are faced with a medical crisis. In addition to the standard tools, some organizations offer free Web pages for patients and their families to use to communicate and offer support. "My life would be hell," James Brownlee said of the idea of battling leukemia without the Internet. "I'd have to wait for people to get off work or two or three days for a letter or card. Opening up an e-mail that says I'm thinking of you ... it helps you get over the hump."

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