8 posts tagged “Members”

Caregivers and companions – PatientsLikeMe members talk about their service animals

Posted August 10th, 2015 by

Service animals are often a topic of conversation in the PatientsLikeMe community, and many members frequently share their experiences with their furry friends. For example, Ted wrote about his service dog Catti-Brie in his blog interview.

Here’s what other members are sharing about their animals:

“Just last night when I was having a rough dream [my dog] stood with his paws front paws on the bed and barked till I picked him up and he laid across me and snuggled me to sleep again.”

“I have a mobility service dog that helps with my balance. It’s like having a smart cane. When we go for walks she wears her mobility harness, but when we are home she only wears it when I’m having a bad day. She is also trained to do many other things like get items for me, and pick up things I dropped. She can also turn on/off the lights and open/close doors.”

“Mali is my mobility and medical alert service dog. She has saved my life twice so far… as well as told two of my friends when they had tumors. She went through a spell when she was younger when she thought she had to tell everyone who was ill where their boo boos were.”

Previously, members shared their experiences with service animals in a Canine Caretakers blog post, and others contributed to forum posts on the same topic. If you would like to share about your service animal, head to PatientsLikeMe. Don’t forget to share a cute picture of your pooch (or other animal)!

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PatientsLikeMe members to be highlighted in patient empowerment webinar

Posted January 13th, 2015 by

Many PatientsLikeMe members talk openly about the reasons why they donate their health data and why they believe patient-centered healthcare means better healthcare for all. And just a week from now, two of them will be sharing their stories with everyone in a live webinar.

On Tuesday, January 20th, at 2:00pm EST, the Partnership to Improve Patient Care (PIPC) is hosting their first “Patient Empowerment Webinar,” an online event focusing on the importance of patient engagement in their own healthcare and in health policy. Two PatientsLikeMe members, Ms. Laura Roix and Ms. Letitia Brown-James, will be participating in the discussion, and their experiences will be a part of the webinar. Here’s a little bit about Laura and Letitia, and more ways they’re already empowering others:

Laura is a member of the idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) community on PatientsLikeMe, and she recently traveled to Maryland to speak at the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Patient-Focused Drug Development Public Meeting on IPF.  Laura went with our very own Sally Okun RN, VP of Advocacy, Policy and Patient Safety and spoke about her journey and what it’s like to live with IPF. (She recapped her experiences in an October blog interview.) But that’s not all Laura shares – she’s a 3-star member on PatientsLikeMe, which means she is a super health data donor and always keeps her information up to date so others can learn from her.

Letitia has been living with epilepsy since she was little, but after connecting with the PatientsLikeMe epilepsy community she learned about new treatment options available to her, like surgery. She shared about her experiences in a video, and after receiving her surgery, she’s been living seizure-free for years. Letitia is also a part of the first-ever PatientsLikeMe Team of Advisors, a patient-only panel that gives feedback on research initiatives and creates new standards to help all researchers understand how to better engage patients.

The PIPC webinar is open to everyone, so if you’d like to join, please RSVP to the event coordinator via email. Hope to see you there!

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PatientsLikeMeInMotion 2014: Celebrating 6 years of PatientsLikeMe members giving back to their communities and raising awareness

Posted April 8th, 2014 by

It seems like it was just yesterday when PatientsLikeMeInMotion was launched, but it’s been going strong for more than 5 years now – wow, how time flies!

We’re celebrating the 6th year of PatientsLikeMeInMotion with a recap of 2013, the biggest year so far! We had the honor of supporting 1,611 members across 27 states who participated in everything from a JingleBell race and the MS Muckfest to a golf tournament and a motorcycle ride. These people raised money for their favorite nonprofits and rallied everyone to promote awareness for their health conditions.

If you’re unfamiliar with how it works, check out our guidelines – we sponsor 3-star members (super health data donors) who form teams and fundraise with their local nonprofits. And these advocates receive a donation, free team t-shirts and more! Here’s what a few members had to say:

I feel so fortunate every time my family and I can contribute, with [PatientsLikeMe’s] help, to the financing of research for the cure.

We love participating in the PatientsLikeMeInMotion program. It’s a wonderful opportunity for our cause to not only earn money, but we love having our volunteers sport the blue PatientsLikeMe shirts at our events! It’s a win-win for us!

 

Quick facts:

More than 1,600 members from 83 different teams raised close to $18,000 through the PatientsLikeMeInMotion program in 2013.

Events took place in 27 states.

Patients represented 16 disease communities.

Thanks to everyone who participated in 2013! If you’d like to join the program in 2014, here’s all you need to do:

    1. Join PatientsLikeMe (it’s free!)
    2. Get 3 stars (your profile is up-to-date)
    3. Submit your team details (within 3-4 weeks notice of the event, please!)

But wait, there’s more! We’re following up with multiple sclerosis (MS) community member “2006,” who put together a huge team to raise awareness for MS. She’ll be sharing her experiences in an upcoming interview, so keep an eye on the blog in the next few weeks.


As 2013 winds down… Part I

Posted December 27th, 2013 by

We wanted to take a quick look back and share how the PatientsLikeMe community has continued to change healthcare for good over the last year. Thousands of members added their voices to real-time research, all while providing support to one another and sharing about their personal health experiences. It really is a group effort, so a big shout out and thank you to everyone in the community.

Here are some highlights from 365 days of donating data, sharing experiences and learning more, together…

What were some of the hottest topics in the forums?

Who shared their story on the PatientsLikeMe blog?

More than 8,000 members donated their data to a PatientsLikeMe survey, including…

And close to 5,000 added their voices to our first ever Open Research Exchange questionnaires this year, including…

  • The Treatment Burden Questionnaire
  • The WHY STOP questionnaire on type 2 diabetes
  • A questionnaire on hypertension
  • The Perceived Medical Condition Self-Management Scale

As we move into 2014, we’re more confident than ever that the patient experience – your experience – will not only help everyone learn more about their conditions right now, but continue to change healthcare for good.


A Peek at Our July Newsletter for Members

Posted August 3rd, 2011 by

What kinds of things do we cover in our monthly newsletters for members? Take a look at the excerpt below from our July edition. Also, in case you didn’t know, anyone – whether a PatientsLikeMe member or not – can view our current and past newsletters in our Newsletter Archive.  See what we’ve been up to recently, and if you are member who’s not opted in to the newsletter, sign up today.

MONTHLY MUSINGS

How can you stay connected with PatientsLikeMe – and other patients?

Let’s say you’re a new member. You’ve completed your profile, but you haven’t connected with that many other patients yet. Some weeks, you forget to check in and update things at PatientsLikeMe because life gets in the way. What can do you to stay on top of your profile as well as what patients like you are learning? Here are four easy ways to get more involved and stay better connected:

Saved Searches at PatientsLikeMe

Saved Search Alerts
On the Patients tab, you can search for patients just like you using filters such as condition, gender, age, treatment and more. Now, you can also save your searches and get an email notification anytime someone who meets your search criteria joins. Simply click the yellow bell icon to turn on these alerts.

Profile Update Reminders
Things happen with your health all the time – not just on the day you’ve got a doctor’s appointment. Why not sign up to get regular email prompts to update your profile? It’ll help you capture subtle changes, spot emerging patterns and have a complete record for your Doctor Visit Sheet.

Mobile InstantMe Update
Has something with your health put you in a good or bad mood today? Update your InstantMe survey on the go using your iPhone/iPad. (See “This Month’s Site Improvements” below for more details on this new application (or “app”), currently available to three-star members.

Thread/Profile Subscriptions
Have you noticed that certain PatientsLikeMe members have a similar health status as you…but are trying a different treatment? Follow their experiences with other treatments by “subscribing” to their profiles and/or forum threads. Their updates will then automatically feed to your homepage.

THIS MONTH’S SITE IMPROVEMENTS

Thanks for your awesome feedback as we continue working to improve our site. In this section, we’ll keep you up-to-date on new tools and features designed to make your PatientsLikeMe experience even better.

Here are our top functionality enhancements for July:

InstantMe Mobile App for iPhone/iPad

Are you an iPhone or iPad user? We have taken the first steps towards an app that will allow you to update your InstantMe survey on the go! No matter where you are, you can now share how you’re feeling and why.

Before rolling it out to everyone, we’re first giving our three-star members access to this app to help us test it out. (If you earn three stars, you’ll automatically see the button to download the app on your profile.)  Stay tuned as we work to expand this new and exciting functionality to all members as well as other types of mobile devices.

Last month, we introduced our clinical trial search feature, and since then, you’ve given us a lot of helpful feedback. Thank you! Here are some of our recent upgrades based on your input.

New Clinical Trial Search Options

  • Now you can select “Dismiss All” to clear out a large number of clinical trial matches – instead of having to delete them individually.
  • Want to search “closed trials” that are no longer actively enrolling? Now you can do that too. This is helpful for past trial participants as well as those taking a drug that may be under investigation.

Listen Up! Here Comes The Patient Voice

Posted January 20th, 2011 by

In addition to hearing from you through our PatientsLikeMe newsletters, we sometimes get a chance to meet you in person to hear what you have to say about living with your condition.   Here are two videos highlighting interviews we conducted in 2010 with patients just like you.  In the first video, you’ll hear directly from members of our Parkinson’s Community, representing Team PatientsLikeMe at the 2010 Parkinson’s Unity Walk.  The second video is from the U.S. Transplant Games, where we interviewed YellowisJoy, a member of our Transplant Community and National Kidney Foundation’s Team Mid New England. Listen up – here comes the patient voice!

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The “We Have MS Together!” video

Posted January 16th, 2008 by

Learning from each other can be addictive, and even fun at times. One of our more prolific (and outspoken and creative) MS members, Keeping On, decided to celebrate her 1000th post with a musical salute to some of the most humorous posts and posters in our MS community. So she got together with another witty member, sacleveand, to produce and star the video “We Have MS Together!”


PatientsLikeMe T-Shirts

Posted December 7th, 2007 by

As the holiday spirit finally came upon us we thought we should do something nice for our members. There are thousands of them (and many more every day), so it isn’t reasonable to thank every one (we may look like Santa Claus, but we’re not, sadly). So we decided to thank the “stars” of the community – our three star members- and send them a PatientsLikeMe package with a rare PatientsLikeMe T-shirt, and other goodies.

Here are some of our members showing off their new shirts….

jcamero t-shirt photo
This is one of our longer-time MS members, jhcamero, who has recorded 12 years of treatment and symptom information on the site. You have to love the “Christmas Story” lamp and stocking in the background.

kakaijade tshirt
This is Kakijade, who was diagnosed fairly recently, and has used the site to track her care since joining in August. Both of these members are frequent contributors to the site. Both are being treated with newer meds, and their sharing of their experience with these drugs is very helpful for other members.

PatientsLikeMe is about patients sharing their experiences and outcomes with each other so they can all better manage their disease and make the best possible decisions. These profile stars reflect how much sharing members are doing with one another. Three-star patients have provided detailed current and historical healthcare information about their condition. Having these complete profiles really helps others understand the history of the progression of the condition, and how it has been treated.

Everyone who had received their PatientsLikeMe package has been delighted, and we’re told they’re wearing them with pride, sharing their excitement for what the site means for them.

We look forward to sending out many more of these “thank you” packages to our three-star members.

As they say, “ho, ho, ho!”

Tim Horgan