7 posts tagged “video contest”

Love Your Scars: An Interview with Transplant Recipient Amy Tippins

Posted March 30th, 2012 by

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.

Amy Tippins, Transplant Recipient and Founder of RockScar Love and the "Scars R Sexy" Campaign

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 I was “imperfect” and I had failed as a woman.  What I learned quickly was that imperfection was perfection!  That was what RockScar Love was for me….a way to spread that message and that belief.

One of the Scars R Sexy T-Shirts Created by RockScar Love

Scars R Sexy” is a campaign that came about through Live Wright Society and RockScar Love desiring to bring their two messages of “love your scar” and “pay it forward” to create a platform for people to tell their stories and show how they are making a difference in the lives of others.

3.  What kinds of scars and health conditions are represented in the campaign?

Any and all scars and medical conditions.  There is not a person on this planet who does not have some type of scar.  As a human race, most of our scars are on the inside.  I have my own collection of internal scars.  This campaign represents all of those scars – physical and mental.  If each person was a little bit more open with what they struggled with and what they have learned, then maybe the rest of society would struggle just a little bit less?

4.  I understand there’s a video contest planned.  How can our members participate?

Submit your “scar story” video to our Facebook page with “Scars R Sexy” in the link.  We will be uploading all of the videos to a website for public voting and will be posting very soon when the video contest voting dates will begin.  Watch our Facebook page!  Once the winning video story has been validated, then we will be awarding the winner with an iPad 2.

Enter the Healthy New Year Video Challenge

Posted January 20th, 2012 by

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!

Learn More About the Healthy New Year Video Challenge

Sponsored by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and conducted via Challenge.gov, 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 great video submission:

  • Enter my complete health data at PatientsLikeMe so that I can spot correlations and patterns on my profile charts.
  • Find out what PatientsLikeMe members with the same condition(s) are doing about a symptom that’s frustrating me.
  • Chart my daily moods using PatientsLikeMe’s InstantMe survey to see what factors are affecting my mental health.
  • Add my Lab and Test results at PatientsLikeMe so that I – and others like me – can learn from them.

How Do Health and Technology Intersect in Your 2012 New Year's Resolutions?

All video submissions are due on Friday, February 16th, at 5:00 p.m. EST, so start brainstorming.  The idea is to inspire, motivate and educate others in a unique way, as all winning videos will be featured at HeathIT.gov.  For more details and contest guidelines, visit the contest website.

New to Health 2.0? Join the 125,000+ others at PatientsLikeMe to find information and support from those just like you – and begin monitoring your health with a host of tools and measurements. Cheers to health and technology in 2012!