Barbara Walters I have never met the famous television interviewer Barbara Walters. I have never met actress and comedienne Whoopi Goldberg, or personalities Sherri Shepherd, or Joy Behar, or Elisabeth Hasselbeck. But I will – next Monday, May 2nd.

That’s because I have been invited to be a guest on the popular daily daytime television talk show The View. For a few minutes next week, I’ll be there with the ladies to talk about my new book: The Web-Savvy Patient: An Insider’s Guide to Navigating the Internet When Facing Medical Crisis. I’ll briefly get to tell how I believe how connecting with knowledgeable patients online guided me to better care for leukemia and saved my life. That’s in the book and so is the story of 37-year-old Jennifer Ambrose from suburban Chicago. Jennifer has a story to tell too explaining how she used the computer in her kitchen to research the rare abdominal cancer she had and track down the right doctor – 2,000 miles away. Both Jennifer and I had children (“miracle babies,” we both call them) after these scary diagnoses and after meeting the right doctor to help us get well. As Jennifer says “The Internet can be your best friend or worst enemy” when it comes to medical information. That’s why the book is so needed.

Another great story in the book is that of Beth and Charlie Mays from Houston.  Beth is a dynamo of a woman who went online and scoured the Internet for information about her son Charlie's serious, chronic gastrointestinal condition. The ABC producers loved both stories but have decided for this segment, to include Beth as a mom who fought for her son.

Beth and Charlie Mays

Jennifer Ambrose

I am thrilled that The View executive producer, Bill Geddie, who I knew from many years ago, agreed that the topic was important. I hope you can watch.  It will be great to tell these stories to inspire and guide others and we appreciate ABC giving us the opportunity.

See you on TV!

Wishing you and your family the best of health,