In late June, PatientsLikeMe Head of Business Development David Williams received an email from his high school classmate Bill Ogden. Bill needed help, you see. He and his wife were preparing to take part in the Mid-Michigan Multiple Sclerosis Bike Tour, which covers 150 miles over two days. Bill explained that they were riding in support of one of his old friends John Rafter (pseudonym), who was diagnosed with MS in 2001. PatientsLikeMe donated $750 towards Bill’s fundraising goal. We salute everyone out there who steps up in support of patients they know and love, not to mention those they’ve never even met. See the picture of the team with their PatientsLikeMe t-shirts!
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 Joy, a one-star member. What inspires you? Everything inspires me. The very scale of life rocks and sways me. A sunset inspires me to find more color in my own life. A bird in flight invites me to find more easy joy and laughter. A tree inspires me to appreciate my roots and my ability to bend to survive and to realize that I only grow more beautiful with age. A flower inspires in me a consciousness of just how beautiful and fragile life can be. My granddaughter inspires in me a belief in the mystery of creation. And my dad inspires in me a belief in myself. My mother inspires in me strength and endurance. And my husband inspires in me a desire to love most deeply. My soul sister inspires in me a genuine and profound trust. My son inspires in me a purpose and reason in life. And my dogs inspire in me a desire …
This month is momentous because we’re celebrating a major milestone at PatientsLikeMe. We now have over 1,000 PALS in our community. Thank you for making PatientsLikeMe your home and spreading the word to other PALS. The more patients we have, the more we learn from each other. We are also thrilled to announce the debut of two new communities for Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis (MS). If you know people with either condition, invite them to join PatientsLikeMe. We want them to know what you’ve already learned – that when patients share their data, it empowers everyone.