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i think this is the longest period of online-ness i've enjoyed for months. I was looking through livejournal communities looking for good places to announce my lymphedema services. i was really surprised that there is not a busy community devoted to the disease. it's one of those conditions that people develop and don't know how to handle, or where to look for help. anyway, im divided about posting because i hate it when people advertise, but at the same time, there are lots of cancer patients (not to mention primary or traumatic cases)who might be able to benefit. I'm not trying to sell random crap; im trying to make a difference.

Im starting a private practice in January in Brooklyn. It's a lot of work, but I'm enjoying it. Im keeping my other jobs, at the moment, but intend on using the space on Mondays and Thursdays. If I can grow it, then I'll start working weekends in Brooklyn, as well, but I need to be filling M & Th a little first. I am focusing on wellness and rehabilitaion massage...and hopefully picking up some lymphedema patients. I dont know how to deal with the whole health insurance thing, so that's a big issue right now. Gotta figure out rates, cards, brochures. its a lot.

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art_deko
Dec. 13th, 2005 05:24 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear the master plan is coming together. Your new avatar looks swell! Wishing you and yours Happy Holidays and a ding-dong New Year!
lisagoddess
Dec. 15th, 2005 03:22 pm (UTC)
thanks! happy holidays to you as well!
mjmj
Dec. 17th, 2005 12:31 am (UTC)
hi lisa, my two cents is that you start by providing free information about the condition and possible treatments on a .org website. over time, people would come to learn about it through google and other search engines. provide a means for people to provide feedback (an associated blog, maybe? or mailing lists, irc, etc.) the feedback would educate you as well as people out there on the internet. many people are going to be too far away for you to provide them treatment -- they'll have to get help locally from the resources your website provides. some will be close enough and may contact you by email. there's that (biblical?) saying about casting your bread upon the waters.

lisagoddess
Dec. 19th, 2005 12:18 pm (UTC)
hi, yes. i agree with this. there are quite a few good websites out there as it is, though, so while i was toying this this, i dont wanna be just another info site on the web. maybe i need a new angle.
mjmj
Dec. 21st, 2005 01:12 am (UTC)
then a website is still a relatively inexpensive method for advertising your business. many people start their search for information about businesses with a search on the internet.

i don't know how google forms their 'local' database (which lists businesses near a given address or zip code), but you might want to investigate that, also. my guess is that they scan the yellow pages of the various telephone books in the country (world?) and combine that with map information to provide a listing of local businesses. if my guess is correct, then you'll want to have a listing in your local yellow pages.

another old saying: "you have to spend money to make money." (try not to spend too much or too little :)

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