After being diagnosed with melanoma, Amy Ohm decided to start her business, Treatment Diaries.

After being diagnosed with melanoma, Amy Ohm decided to start her business, Treatment Diaries. (Copyright © 2009 Ohm Grown Productions LLC)

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Small Business of the Day: Treatment Diaries

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Small Business of the Day: Treatment Diaries

Who: Amy Ohm, 42, @treatdiaries

What: A social networking platform for those living with or caring for someone with chronic diseases to share their stories and connect.

When: February 2011

How: Ohm was diagnosed with stage three melanoma eight years ago, and hopped online to research what the diagnosis meant.

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"I was mortified because there was no warm platform to connect," Ohm said. "I wanted to set up a platform for social networking with a purpose."

Ohm decided this year to leave her job as a software company sales executive to set up the public Treatment Diaries site, which has more than 30,000 active diaries, more than 1,400 different conditions and users in 127 different countries.

Where: Berryville, Va

In her own words: "I decided to take the risk and start this company," she said. "I felt there was a complete void for this type of platform."

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