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Cheryl finds lifelong friendships online. GetSetUp has given her a chance to share her stories, laugh, reminisce, and make new friends through crafts, meditation, and stories. She has found peers with similar interests online on GetSetUp.

Cheryl is a passionate crafter and library advocate. She belongs to HOP Health Care Options and three different libraries “Friends” groups and a library that is thriving in an otherwise underserved area.  Not only is she an avid reader but she enjoys storytelling. She has been part of several groups that share short life stories together to highlight experiences.

In her spare time, she enjoys fiber arts, especially quilting. Plus she likes to combine her crafting with her passion for books by making book wreaths and book related jewelry. Cheryl first signed up for GetSetUp's Book Club. She was looking for a replacement for the groups she had at her local library that had dwindled or dissipated due to the pandemic.

Cheryl's fiber art.

Cheryl is no stranger to technology. She participated in various in-person groups on technology through Oasis for learners over 50 in St. Louis and Pittsburgh. The craft group she enjoyed at a local senior center hasn’t met since the pandemic started, but the meditation circle that met there has now been meeting by Zoom. She was excited to see that GetSetUp was thriving online and available anywhere.

She worked as a social worker and mental health advocate in a public school system for over 30 years. At the time when the internet was just coming out, her school offered courses to learn to use the tools effectively. Since her husband is a techie, she knew a bit about the internet and she jokes that for just a very little while, she enjoyed being ahead of the curve.

“For a VERY brief time, my coworkers considered me to be a bit of a tech expert. At the time hardly any of my colleagues knew how to use the internet and email. Since then I’ve been VERY quickly surpassed, but I like to stay current with things I can. ”

Virtual friendships become real-life friendships

Cheryl has been a member of an online group of women for over 25 years.

“We were all in our 50’s and most of us are in our 70’s now!  Being part of this group has convinced me that friendships can be made among people who don’t know each other “in real life.” Over the years, my husband and I looked for travel opportunities that would allow us to meet some of the members, and by now I have met most of the women.”
May 19, 2022
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Liz Miller

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