Over the last four years I have shared countless posts with you about my health struggles, including my many visits to hospital, scans and procedures. It’s been incredibly hard at times to manage hospital stays with four children, three of whom are still so small, and yet I have been very lucky to have the support of my family and friends around me. During a year where it is inevitable that I will undergo surgery on my back, I have been worrying about a prolonged hospital stay, and the subsequent recovery, and for that reason I was thankful to be introduced to the website, nomoregrapes.
For those who haven’t heard of nomoregrapes before, the idea was to create a website for people who are ill, in care or recovery, to connect with the family and friends they’d like to have around them. We all know that it can be difficult to know what to say, or how to act, around someone who is unwell and yet when people understand exactly what you are going through, they are so much better able to help.
That’s where the idea for nomoregrapes came in, creating a kind of social network where people can share thoughts, ideas, learning and information. And most importantly a place where you, or a loved one, never feels alone.
I have personally found that those close to me are unsure in how best to help me. For some they try to help me out with the children, for others they offer to sit with me on the days when I am housebound or dealing with pain, and for others who know me far too well, they send me chocolate, make me laugh and remind me that things will get better in time. nomoregrapes makes it easier for people to be helpful to one another, for the important things to be shared and for support to be given where and when it’s best.
nomoregrapes brings together those people who want to be there for a loved one, even when they physically can’t. I love that through the site you can check in to a calendar, where those suffering from illness can upload crucial and challenging times, such as an operation, a scan, or receiving results, so others can check in with a few words of love and support, or choose an item from their Wish List that may be not only practical, but well received.
The nomoregrapes shop is genius, featuring six categories – practical, fun, body and soul, treats, distractions and most popular. From Net Flix gift cards to premier meal plans, oven cleaning to beautiful jewellery, there are so many options to really make a difference to someone’s life who is dealing with illness.
I recently signed up for a nomoregrapes account and found it incredibly easy to get started. It’s 100% free to use, works on all devices, and is as simple as inviting your friends and family to your inner circle, and choosing what you would like to share with them. For those who are stuck in hospital for prolonged periods, you can share photographs, regular updates, hospital visiting times and personalised calendars. It is very much like other social networks in terms of sharing updates, but where as we all have random friends from school or ex colleagues from twenty years ago, this is a safe haven to share the reality of our illnesses, with those whom we love and trust. I think it’s an amazing idea.
nomoregrapes also donates a share of all profits made through the shop to like-minded charities, which help people through illness – Macmillan cancer support, Maggies and Penny Brohn UK.
And as much as I love grapes, I’m hopeful that later in the year when I’m flat on my back, praying for a swift recovery, I can surround myself with my friends and family, like my own little private team of cheer leaders, and ensure that when they pop in to visit me, they’ll know exactly what to expect, at the correct visiting times, bringing me something a little more exciting than grapes!
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