4 posts tagged “PatientsLikeMe Express Yourself Video Contest”

PatientsLikeMe Announces Video Contest Winners

Posted June 23rd, 2011 by

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — June 23, 2011 — Today, the health website PatientsLikeMe reveals the winners of its first-ever “Express Yourself” video contest in which members were asked to answer the question – “How has PatientsLikeMe changed your life?”  Congratulations to these top winners chosen across three different categories:

Most Creative Presentation:
tiredoftired of New Jersey for Depression Feels Like

Most Inspiring Story:
tired old me of Delaware for Patients Like Me: Bonnie Tipton

Top Voted (by peers):
Roulette67 of New Jersey for I Am Not Alone

“We were wowed by all of the video entries for this contest.  You can’t watch these and not be inspired,” says Ben Heywood, Co-founder and President of PatientsLikeMe. “These videos not only capture what it’s like to live with a condition like depression or MS, but also encapsulate the true value of sharing your story and experiences with others.”

Chosen to win Most Creative Presentation, the video by tiredoftired uses a mix of powerful analogies (“Depression feels like…walking in an impenetrable fog on a path with no end”) and images to describe how “with all that PatientsLikeMe has offered me, I have come to feel less alone.”

Adds the 28-year old member, “Creating this video allowed me to portray what it means to be depressed and dissolve some of the social stigma of mental illness. Depression isolates even in the most social of settings and therefore a support system is an integral part of recovery, especially when provided by friends and family.”

Multiple sclerosis patient, tired old me (Most Inspiring Story), and bipolar patient, Roulette67 (Top Voted), come face-to-face with the camera to tell their stories.  In describing what she has learned on the site, 44-year oldRoulette67 says – “By sharing, I grow.  By sharing, I learn and experience and evolve…you can’t really do [that] on your own.”

Comments 48-year old tired old me, “I want to say that this contest has been the highlight of this month, which contained too many very deep lowlights! The entire experience was a blast.”

(Click here to view all 6 winning video submissions)

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PatientsLikeMe “Express Yourself” Video Contest: Voting Ends Tomorrow!

Posted June 2nd, 2011 by

PatientsLikeMe "Express Yourself" Video Contest ContestantsHave you voted yet?

Tomorrow, June 3, is the last day for you to decide the winner of the first-ever PatientsLikeMe “Express Yourself” Video Contest. We asked, “How has PatientsLikeMe changed your life?” to our members, and they have responded with creative and amazing videos that the entire world can now see.

Five winners will be chosen for this contest, and your votes decide three of them!  After you chose the top three favorite videos (based on the number of votes), our judges will determine the final two winners in the “Most Creative Presentation” and “Most Inspiring Story” categories. Each winner will receive an American Express gift card ranging from $150 – $500. Anyone and everyone can vote, including non-members, so please spread the word to others who might enjoy these videos.

With tomorrow being the final day of voting, we will be spotlighting the submitted videos on Facebook and Twitter, so be sure to stay tuned for one last glimpse. Again, we want to thank all of our contestants for their hard work. Who’s ahead in the votes? Check out the current leaderboard below. And if you haven’t already, vote now!

Current Number of Votes on the Leaderboard

PatientsLikeMe member afleishman