3 posts from May, 2009

Fibromyalgia Awareness Day 2009

Posted May 13th, 2009 by

Did you know that yesterday was Fibromyalgia Awareness Day?

The PatientsLikeMe Fibromyalgia community is growing exponentially with more than 3400+ members just five months after its launch!  Many  of our members are feeling newly empowered by their membership in our community and are attending events, wearing pins and ribbons and taking the time to spread awareness about what it’s like to live with fibromyalgia.

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This sharing mirrors the sharing they do on the site. At PatientsLikeMe, members build their profiles by sharing information about their condition, such as symptoms and treatments.  Top treatments cited to date include rest, heating pads, walking, stretching and the drug Lyrica.  The most commonly listed symptom is pain, followed by fatigue, memory problems and lower back pain.  In addition to sharing health information, patient members also share their personal experiences and tips with each other.  In our forum these past few months, patients have discussed all kinds of topics, including finding the right doctor, coping with pain and fatigue and how to explain how they really feel to their friends and family.

With all this sharing, patients are learning more about themselves, helping each other better understand this condition, and improving their overall quality of life. In fact, in a recent survey amongst some of our members with fibromyalgia, 85% of our respondents agreed or strongly agreed with the statement – “I feel better about myself because of the recognition by others at PatientsLikeMe that my condition is real.”

If you are not already sharing and learning with other patients like you, we invite you to join our community here at PatientsLikeMe.

PatientsLikeMe member moakes


PatientsLikeMe at 2009 Parkinson’s Unity Walk

Posted May 7th, 2009 by

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PatientsLikeMe was once again a proud sponsor of the 15th Annual Parkinson’s Unity Walk, held in New York City on Saturday April 25, 2009. On a gorgeous but hot day in Central Park, Jeana Frost, James Kebinger and I (Maureen Oakes) joined thousands of walkers and sponsors in raising more than $1.2 million for Parkinson’s research. As Lori said last year, “Unity” is the perfect word to describe this event. People from all over the world came together for a common cause and the results were staggering!

Getting to meet PatientsLikeMe members in real life is always a treat, and this year we saw old friends and met some new faces too! For me, one of the highlights was getting to see the amazing quiimg_73903lt made up of squares created by our PD members. Not only is it a stunning piece of craftsmanship, but it represents the spirit of collaboration that is so central to PatientsLikeMe. Members from across the country, many of whom have never met each other, shared their own artistic talents in their individual squares and the final product represents their collective strength, wisdom and passion. It was a great symbol of the power of our PatientsLikeMe community and all their efforts this Parkinson’s Awareness Month.

Great work Team PatientsLikeMe!

PatientsLikeMe member moakes