I spend a lot of time explaining to friends, family, and businesses what the point of Twitter is. It's not uncommon to hear the, "Why the hell do I want to know what people are having for lunch?" question in regards to the micro blogging platform. And while Twitter sometimes gets abused as a lightning fast way to spread negativity, there are other times when it serves as a means to disseminate information, issue a rally call, and evidence love and solidarity in a way that no phone tree could ever achieve.
Just a few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting Anissa Mayhew for the first time at the Aiming Low party in Boston. We had connected over Twitter a couple of weeks prior to the event and have since exchanged all sorts of humorous, snarky tweets. Simply put, she's a hilarious person. And of course we share that Korean bond.
Yesterday Anissa suffered a stroke and she is in the ICU. The Twitter community exploded with love and support for Anissa (you can follow the hashtag #prayersforanissa). I know I wasn't the only one hitting the refresh button last night, hoping and praying for good news. At one point there was word that Anissa squeezed her husband's hand and I could feel exhales and hope out there. I truly could.
It's so hard to feel helpless in situations such as this. My first reaction was to gear myself up to interface with my former postdoc supervisor (who I haven't spoken to since leaving academia); to implore for help via my old connections in neurology and at the stroke unit. But medical connections in Boston likely will do Anissa little help, and where I feel I can be more helpful is sending Anissa all of the positive and healing energy that my cells can muster. I truly believe in the power of universe energy; she's gotta be feeling the waves from around the world.
And meanwhile, IzzyMom has posted about ways to help, which I'll be tapping as soon as the PO box is set up.
Anissa, get well. So many are sending so much love your way. I know you can feel it. We are eagerly anticipating your snark and humor and light when you get out of the ICU.
UPDATE (11/18/09): Unfortunately the Aiming Low site has crashed; keep checking back, but otherwise, you can find updates about Anissa's condition via Heather at The Spohrs Are Multiplying.