PatientsLikeMe attended the inaugural Health 2.0 conference in San Francisco. Congratulations to Matthew Holt and Indu Subaiya for putting on a great show. Ben Heywood participated in the Social Media panel along with other great health 2.0 companies, DailyStrength, OrganizedWisdom, Inspire, MedHelp, and Sophia’s Garden. The high quality of each company’s offering ensures that patients will continue to have many destinations to share their health situations, get support, and even answers.
At the end of the social media panel, the 500 conference guests were asked which company they’d choose if they were an e-patient. PatientsLikeMe received 39% of the votes. While we appreciate this high praise from our peers, our mission is to positively effect patient outcomes through our site and to improve healthcare overall. We’re honored to be a part of this movement with other leading companies in the space.
At PatientsLikeMe, we believe in getting to know the person, not just the “patient.” That’s why we’ve decided to interview one member each month to find out more about how he or she approaches life. This month we are pleased to feature chethk, a two-star member.
Where do you find joy?
I find joy by being with my family, friends, co-workers, and customers; participating in life’s daily adventures and challenges; and giving 110% effort with every task I undertake everyday.
What person do you admire most?
My wife Kate for being the mother of my two children and putting up with me.
How have you evolved since your diagnosis?
I have had Parkinson’s for 14 years. It started as a nuisance, it is now a disability. I don’t believe a person evolves when facing a progressive disease; rather, a person either resolves to fight it everyday or give in to the symptoms and wither away. I have made the choice to find a way to overcome the ever-changing symptoms of Parkinson’s everyday.
What have you learned from PatientsLikeMe?
I have learned there are others with PD who have the same emotions, fears, anger, and resolve to fight this disease until a cure is found. We do not want others to feel sorry that we have Parkinson’s, but we do appreciate their acceptance of our outward symptoms and everyone’s financial donations to medical research that will lead to a cure.