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PatientsLikeMe Facebook Page

Are you on Facebook? We are! Simply search for “PatientsLikeMe” to find our new company page. Once there, click “Become A Fan,” and a “My Pages” link will be added to your profile. Remember, Facebook is an open platform that anyone can view and isn’t part of PatientsLikeMe. Therefore, any information you share about you is open to the 100 million Facebook members. Thanks for spreading the word about us to your Facebook friends. Currently, our Facebook page features photos from the AIDS Walk Boston, which drew over 20,000 participants and raised $1.2 million. We were proud to be a sponsor of the Wellness Festival that accompanied the successful June 1st event. Where can you see us next? We’re a sponsor of the National Parkinson’s Foundation’s 6th Annual Young-Onset Parkinson’s Network Conference, August 7th-9th in Atlanta, Georgia. Staffers Paul Wicks, a speaker at the conference, and Maureen Oakes will be present.

PatientsLikeMe at the Parkinson’s Unity Walk

PatientsLikeMe was a proud sponsor of the 14th Annual Parkinson’s Unity Walk in New York City this past Saturday (April 26, 2008). Jeff Cole, Kate Brigham, Maureen Oakes and I (Lori Scanlon) were all onsite working at our sponsored booth. The event, which raised more than $1.3 million in donations this year, brought together thousands of people with Parkinson’s, their families and friends, support groups, non-profits and sponsoring organizations — all dedicated to advancing research and helping find a cure. I said this onsite and I’ll say it again: The energy at the event was absolutely intoxicating! In addition to meeting hundreds of people who stopped by our booth to learn more about PatientsLikeMe, we were thrilled to finally meet some of our very own Parkinson’s Community members (and their families) face-to-face for the first time. “Unity” is the perfect word to describe this event. We got to literally see thousands of people in the same place with the same goal, and it was nothing less than inspiring. We got to meet our members, who not only share their health information and experiences so openly on our site, but also opened their arms to welcome us “in”…it touched us all …

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PatientsLikeMe Corporate Update: Q1 2008

This month marks the two-year anniversary of our flagship ALS community. It’s amazing to reflect on what we’ve achieved in just two short years. Not only did we build the world’s largest treatment and outcome sharing communities for ALS (1,800+ patients), MS (4,500+ patients) and Parkinson’s (1,300+ patients), but this year we began evolving into the powerful research platform we always envisioned we could be. At the heart of this research initiative are our new community reports, which analyze the makeup of our patient communities. In January, we released our first MS Community Report covering factors such as first symptoms, age of diagnosis, disease type, etc. Recently we released our ALS Community Report, with the Parkinson’s Community Report to follow shortly. You can find the much-anticipated results on the blog as well as the ALS forum. But that’s just the beginning. Your commitment to collaborative learning has now driven our evolution to the next level. On March 7th, we launched the ALS Lithium Study. As co-founder Jamie Heywood wrote in a recent blog entry, “Today, we allow patients to begin to answer how to treat ALS.” What could be more central to our mission than that? We are delighted to …

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PatientsLikeMe Update: November 2007

It’s been six months since we launched our first newsletter, and a lot has happened at PatientsLikeMe in that time. With the holiday season now upon us, we thought we should give thanks for the amazing strides made in all our communities. There is power in numbers, as they say, and we are grateful to every new member for increasing our ability to effect change. ALS Community We are proud to announce that our flagship ALS community has grown by nearly 50% in the last six months to 1,450 patients. We’re even prouder that it now attracts the equivalent of 10% of all newly diagnosed ALS patients in the US. To share what researchers can learn from this model for openness, our own Paul Wicks, PhD, will present a lecture on social medicine at the upcoming 18th Annual Symposium on ALS/MND, which we are co-sponsoring. Please stop by the PatientsLikeMe booth if you’ll be there! MS and Parkinson’s Communities Launched in late spring, our MS and Parkinson’s communities have also experienced staggering, if not meteoric, growth. We are delighted to report that our MS community recently hit a major milestone when it surpassed the 2,000-member mark(!) while our Parkinson’s community …

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PatientsLikeMe Parkinson’s Patient Spotlight: Lynette1400

At PatientsLikeMe, we believe in getting to know the person, not just the “patient.” That’s why we’ve decided to interview one patient each month to find out more about how he or she approaches life. This month we are pleased to feature Lynette1400, a two-star member. What are you thankful for? A loving husband and family, wonderful friends, having had an interesting and exciting life, Social Security, Medicare, and pensions! What do you have an abundance in your life? A) Love and laughter. B) Time to do all the things I want to do but didn’t have time for when I worked. Because of this, I am busier than ever. What is your favorite holiday memory? There have been so many. When my three children were little, we spent Christmas Day at my mother’s. After dinner, she played the piano and my Dad and the whole family, including my three brother’s families, stood around the piano and sang Christmas carols while the children played with their new toys. It was like the Christmases in our family when I was a child. After the kitchen was cleaned up, the families would all sit around card tables and play card games. The …

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PatientsLikeMe Parkinson’s Patient Spotlight: chethk

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 …

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Business 2.0 and CNN Money Recognize PatientsLikeMe as one of its “Next Disruptors: 15 Companies That Will Change The World”

PatientsLikeMe, the leading treatment and outcome sharing website for people with life-changing conditions, has been recognized by Business 2.0 and CNN Money.com as one of their 2007 “Next Disruptors: 15 Companies That Will Change The World“. “We are honored to receive this recognition. However, we know we still have much to do in order to achieve our mission of helping patients learn from shared real-world outcomes so we can all contribute to finding the best treatment options,” explains co-founder and CEO, Benjamin Heywood. PatientsLikeMe has taken an extraordinary position regarding patient data believing that openness and sharing, rather than strict privacy, is the best way for people to take control of their health care, improve outcomes, and accelerate research. The company has its Openness Philosophy posted on its website for anyone to view. PatientsLikeMe also shares aggregated data from its members in order to share data with the world, recently announcing their data repository in ALS, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s.

PatientsLikeMe Parkinson’s Patient Spotlight: iowa

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 iowa, a two-star member. What is your favorite time of day? Well, when I was first diagnosed 2 1/2 years ago, it was the first five minutes [of the day]; things went downhill in succeeding minutes due to my very low stamina. Nowadays my favorite time happens to be the first five minutes as well, but as a prelude to a wonderful day. That’s when my wonderful husband of 33 years brings me my morning cup of coffee in bed made to exact specifications. The coffee I mean. In these five minutes while I am regaining consciousness, I sip the sweet brew and reflect on how blessed I am and thank the Blesser. And then, being an incurable Type A, I make a list of some sort, which, in retrospect, is kind of silly since being an incurable Type E (easily-distracted), I rarely stick to it. My second favorite time of day is naptime, from which simple pleasure …

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PatientsLikeMe Update: May 2007

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.

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