Hi MeiMei and agreed. The goal of the WTT list to offer volunteer patients who are willing to open up good ears in an unbiased way and to share our own personal experience. Many do not log onto the forums so it is a way for us to be there for those that may be newly diagnosed or going through the processes..... to share what we have learned via our own AN journey but the key, as noted to us on the WTT list by the ANA, in an unbiased way. The ANA clearly notes this when we join the WTT list and I have not run into any discussions with those that phone me (I receive, on avg, approx 3-5 phone calls per month that last approx 30-60 mins) that have noted biases or "venting" when they have spoken to others on the WTT list prior to phoning me.
I, personally, have never "vented" during a WTT phone call as that is not the arena to "vent" any frustrations I may have in my AN journey. My/our role on the WTT is to be there for someone else as you noted.
Not sure if that helps... it's early right now. Thank you for being on the WTT List... and all you do here!
Dear PPearl and Nancy
I am new to the Willing to Talk list but your comments bring up some concerns that I have been thinking about. I think that definitely there should be more screening and "TRAINING" involved in the WTT list so that what happened to Nance doesn't happen again. We are all different patients not cut from a mold. The privildge of being on the WTT list does not put you in a place to vent your own problems. We have to listen with open ears.