Employee & Community Health

Discover Mayo Clinic Connect

6/1/2017 by Colleen Young

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"I have been reading through the posts, and I am soaking up all the knowledge and experiences you have shared." - connect member

Every day, members of Mayo Clinic Connect share inspiring stories about their health issues and concerns, ask questions and get answers. Connect is an online community where patients and families exchange experiences and information and find support from people like themselves. 

Whether it's a recent diagnosis, navigating a treatment plan or living with a chronic condition, Connect members want to hear your story. They want to know that somebody else has been there. 

Somebody like Barbara. After years of heart problems, Barbara was told that she may need heart surgery. Scared and not knowing where to turn, she came to Connect where:

  • Supportive members quickly assembled. 
  • She received same-day responses from other Connect members who had been through this before. 
  • They provided valuable advice and immediately, she had access to a large community of people who let her know, "I've been there."

Barbara not only got smart advice from others with a similar experience, but she also found a community - a place where she didn't have to wear a brave face. A place where she could openly express her fears and ask for help. 

Connect members also have access to trustworthy information from Mayo Clinic experts, which makes it stand out from all other online patient communities. Mayo Clinic providers offer insight and information, and respond to community questions through a variety of activities, such as: 

"Thank you for your input ... all of it is so helpful. I don't feel so alone. It was amazing how quickly you all responded ... THANK YOU!!" - Connect member

Sometimes healing starts with knowing that someone else out there can share or understand your situation. Discover your support network. Here's how to get started: 

  1. Join the community
  2. Choose groups to follow
  3. Post a message

What's your story? The community is waiting to welcome you. 

Colleen Young is the Community Director of Mayo Clinic Connect, a program directed by the Social Digital Innovation team at Mayo Clinic.