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Join the “Now I Know” Video Campaign for National Epilepsy Awareness Month

“Today [my son] Jake is living a wonderful life, an extraordinary life, and now I know that’s possible.  When Jake was first diagnosed, we didn’t know that.  Now I know that…and that we’re not alone.” – Actor Greg Grunberg, father of a 16-year-old with epilepsy When it comes to epilepsy, what do you know now that you wish you knew sooner? That’s the question the Epilepsy Foundation is asking epilepsy patients and their families to ponder during National Epilepsy Awareness Month, which takes place every November. Share your struggles and successes in a video submission to the “Now I Know” campaign. Visitors to Epilepsy Foundation’s Facebook page will then have to the opportunity to vote on their favorites and share top videos with their social networks.  Ultimately, the top vote getters in each of four regions will win iPads and other prizes. Affecting more than two million Americans, epilepsy is defined by the Epilepsy Foundation as “a medical condition that produces seizures affecting a variety of mental and physical functions.”  When a person has two or more unprovoked seizures – brief, strong surges of electrical activity affecting part or all of the brain that last anywhere from a few seconds …

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What’s in Your Health Record?

If you’re living in an Internet-enabled household, chances are you have all or most of your banking information at your fingertips.  Can you say the same for your health information?  For many, these important records are locked away in filing cabinets or kept at your doctor’s offices. Despite the fact that patients have a legal right to see and get copies of their medical records, the statistics on access are fairly surprising. 41 percent of the public have never asked their doctor for copies of their records 81 percent say they’ve never asked to receive their records electronically That’s why the Department of Health and Human Service’s Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is sponsoring the “What’s in Your Health Record?” Video Contest.  The goal is to encourage more patients to ask for copies of their health information and look at new ways to view and track it online.  Simply share your story on video (2 minutes or less) – including what you learned from taking a closer look at your records – and you could win one of several cash prizes ranging from $250 to $3,000!  All submissions are due by August 20, 2012. Maybe you’ll …

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Love Your Scars: An Interview with Transplant Recipient Amy Tippins

After five years of dealing with undiagnosed multiple hepatic adenomas (hemorrhaging tumors), PatientsLikeMe member Amy Tippins underwent a liver transplant in 1993.  Two years ago, she received a ligament allograft using donor tissue.  How does she feel about it all today?  Check out our interview with this transplant activist to learn how these experiences led her to found RockScar Love, a clothing company that celebrates sexy scars, the lessons they teach and the strength they create. 1.  Tell us about your post-transplant life today. My life is amazing now.  When I was sick, I had goals of things I wanted to do over the years that I have started checking off my “accomplished” list.   I own my second house, I have learned how to surf, I currently do spin class for exercise, I own my own business.  My life has unlimited possibilities, and I am excited to see how I will continue to pay it forward. 2.  What led you to launch Rock Scar Love and the “Scars R Sexy” campaign? I started RockScar Love Designs because I wanted to do something with my life that was inspiring.  When I was young and was coming out of my medical challenges I felt that …

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Enter the Healthy New Year Video Challenge

Did you make a health-related New Year’s resolution?  And are you using technology—such as a smartphone app or website—to achieve your goal?  Create a short video about it, and you could win prizes ranging from $250 to $2,000 if your video is selected as one of the best! Sponsored by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and conducted via, the Healthy New Year Video Challenge invites you to create a compelling video (2 minutes or less) about a New Year’s resolution for improving your health or that of a loved one, and how you will use technology to achieve your resolution. “In order to empower individuals to be more active partners in their health, they need access to their information and tools they can use,” said Farzad Mostashari, M.D., Sc.M., national coordinator for health information technology.  “We are excited to harness the creativity of ordinary Americans to help promote the positive impact of the myriad health information technology tools and services on health and health care.” For PatientsLikeMe members, you’re already using technology (meaning, our online health community!) to monitor and improve your health.  Here are some sample resolutions involving PatientsLikeMe that might make for a …

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Put Your Psoriasis Story on Video

The most common autoimmune disease in the US, psoriasis affects as many as 7.5 million Americans. Yet many people think it’s just “a skin thing.” To help debunk this misunderstanding and show all the ways psoriasis impacts one’s life, the National Psoriasis Foundation is holding the first-ever film festival for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, a painful joint condition that up to 30 percent of people with psoriasis develop. The Spotlight on Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Online Film Festival invites you to show what life is really like with psoriatic disease, including all the ups and downs, frustrations and realizations. Not sure how to get started? You may want to think of a genre for presenting your story first. The festival invites submissions in seven different categories: action, youth, animation, horror, comedy, documentary and music video. All videos submissions are due on August 28, 2011. Two semi-finalists will be chosen in each category for online voting by the public, beginning on August 30, 2011. Anyone with any condition can watch the videos and vote on their favorites. Then on September 6, 2011, the video with the most online votes across all seven categories will be named the Festival Grand Prize winner …

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Daring and Dreaming

When you’re diagnosed with an illness, there are many unknowns ahead. For example, what’s the best future possible for you? At PatientsLikeMe, we believe that no one should have to face these questions alone. Like today’s patients, today’s youth are also facing uncertainties. With the world economy remaining in a precarious state, it can be hard to imagine a bright future or a rewarding career. That’s why we’re taking a slight detour in today’s blog post to tell you about a contest that’s near and dear to us – the Dare2Dream Challenge. Sponsored by Superfutures, a website that helps teenagers prepare for college and life, the Dare2Dream Challenge is a video contest that asks youth between the ages of 14 and 21 to share their dream career in two to five minutes. You may be thinking that this sounds a bit like our recent PatientsLikeMe “Express Yourself” Video Contest. And you would be right. We saw how the medium of video allowed our members to tell their powerful stories in their own way, and we’re excited to see how creative today’s youth will get in expressing their hopes and dreams. Know a young person who could use an opportunity to …

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PatientsLikeMe “Express Yourself” Video Contest: Cast Your Vote!

The submissions are in and it’s now time for you to decide the winners of the first-ever PatientsLikeMe Video Contest! We asked “How has PatientsLikeMe changed your life?” and our members have worked long and hard to prepare their answers in these memorable videos.  Take a look and vote for your favorite! PATIENTSLIKEME VIDEO CONTEST – VOTE HERE There are 5 winners chosen for this contest and your votes decide 3 of them!  The creators of the top 3 voted videos will win American Express gift cards ranging from $150 – $500 (see contest rules for more details).  The deadline for voting is June 3, 2011. Anyone and everyone can vote, so be sure share to tell your friends and family.  Use “Share This” button on the video contest page to post on Facebook, Twitter (#PLMExpressYourself), etc. Happy voting everyone!

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