Reflecting Pools provide a safe, quiet place for individuals to write, read and share among similarly situated people. These are online journaling groups with custom-tailored prompts and categories to support each group. We offer them free to all in health crisis, no matter where you live.
We currently have free, open groups for:
Over 90 breast cancer survivors participated in a study by Essentia Institute of Rural Health using these online journaling groups as an intervention for their psychological and social well-being. Here women were able to safely explore and express their feelings, while finding community in the experiences of others. View "Good To Get It Out" - video of study writing excerpts.
Regional Support for Patient & Caregiver Pools
In northern Minnesota and Wisconsin, cancer patients/survivors and rehabilitation patients (those living with stroke, ALS, Parkinson's, traumatic brain or spinal cord injury, etc), plus their family and caregivers can join a free Reflecting Pool, thanks to support from area healthcare centers and foundations. Funding comes from the Miller-Dwan Foundation, Medica Foundation, St. Luke's Regional Cancer Center, Polinsky Medical Rehab Center, Caring Ways Cancer Resource Center, and from individual donors.
Dip a toe into our Demonstration Pool
Not sure? There's a sample Reflecting Pool you can explore. See the writing space, custom writing categories (borrowed from a cancer survivor pool), and how entries can be kept private or shared with your group.
On the Reflecting Pool log-in page, type:
Click the 'log-in' button
We are in conversation with healthcare providers, patient advisory groups, and others about populations Reflecting Pools can serve. Please feel free to contact us about your ideas or needs.
nickname of breast cancer survivor & reflecting pool pioneer
– Elle, nickname of breast cancer survivor and JOMMA study participant