14/08/2014 16:53 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

'Facebook Helped Me Beat Cancer' Says 22-Year-Old Mum

'Facebook helped me beat cancer' says 22-year-old mum

Facebook is often pilloried for facilitating the most sinister sides of human nature. But for those of us who use it without malice simply to connect with friends and other like-minded individuals, it is a force for good.

And there is no better example of that than the case of young mum Caris Hedd-Bowen. The 22-year-old says the social networking site helped her beat cancer because of the overwhelming support and positivity she received from her 2,000-plus Facebook friends.

In January, Caris was told she had