Did you know that…
- ...there can be many reasons for a woman with MS to lose her sex drive, including medication side effects?
- …it’s that time of year when MS patients decide whether or not to get a flu shot (now combined with the H1N1 vaccine)?
- …OldSalt says “membership here may have saved my life” after contracting a methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) infection?
- …there is a running list in the forum of members who have reported having the CCSVI procedure? See all 21 treatment evaluations for CCSVI.
--Tim Horgan, Community Manager
JOIN THE CONVERSATION
Check out some of the hot topics in the forum. Then jump in with your own questions and answers!
Having a hard time not working
Do you miss the routine of working? Or the interaction with your co-workers? Discuss how to adjust to retiring or going on disability. What keeps you active and social?
Muscle spasms and numb feet
A member is experiencing some new symptoms after hitting the treadmill. Share your first experiences with spasms and numbness, plus any symptom management tips.
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
At PatientsLikeMe, we believe in getting to know the person, not just the “patient.” That’s why we interview patients each month to find out more about how they approach life. This month we are pleased to feature 95407, a three-star member from Santa Rosa, California.
1. What are you most proud of?
I am most proud of my best friend Nikki, who has been battling metastatic breast cancer since 2008. And from all accounts, she is winning! (Yay!) It has been a very hard road for her, and she has handled it with grace and dignity. She has been my inspiration for holding it all together!
2. How do you maintain perspective?
I have been working in oncology for 20 years. I have been blessed with a lifetime surrounded by courageous people. I gain my own strength from their words of wisdom and by walking with them through their times of difficulty.
3. What’s your favorite hobby or pastime?
I love spending time with my two dogs. They force me to get out of the bed on my bad days and manage to make me laugh. They are a very important part of my life.
4. Tell us the most important thing you’ve learned at PatientsLikeMe.
To never give up or be too proud to ask for help! There are so many loving, friendly people I've met on PatientsLikeMe. They have been such a wonderful source of information and support over the past year since my official diagnosis.
WHAT’S NEW AT PATIENTSLIKEME
- This month marked the launch of our new patient podcast series – The Patient Voice. Hear what patients like you have to say in their very own words. Our inaugural interview was with Parkinson’s disease member pokie too, and every week moving forward, we’ll be capturing the distinct voice of another patient. Subscribe to this inspiring and emotional new series on our iTunes page and submit future show ideas on the “Listen In” forum thread.
- Last May, our President Ben Heywood wrote to you about how a major media monitoring company "scraped" our forum. The Wall Street Journal recently published a front-page article about the incident. We believe this high-profile coverage of the incident can help promote a rigorous debate on transparency, openness and privacy – and we’re excited to hear what you have to say on the issue. For more information, read our recent blog post to learn how we (and you) reacted to this incident, as well as the lessons we can all take away from it.
- If you’re taking a prescription medication, the safety of that drug is of utmost importance to you. Did you know PatientsLikeMe is the only online health data platform in social media that has passed multiple drug safety compliance audits? Learn what we’re doing in the areas of drug safety and adverse event reporting in Co-Founder and Chairman Jamie Heywood’s recent blog entry.
THIS MONTH’S SITE IMPROVEMENTS
We are constantly working to improve our site. In this section, we’ll keep you up-to-date on new tools and features designed to make your PatientsLikeMe experience even better.
Here are our top functionality enhancements for October:
- Notice anything different about your Condition History – or what was previously called your Diagnosis History? Renamed and retooled, this section now shows you how your answer compares with the rest of the community whenever you complete a question. This is similar to what we did a few months ago with your Basic Information page. Enjoy the ability to instantly share and compare.
- If you’re down a star, don’t worry – it’s easy to get back. As part of the Condition History changes described above, we removed a few questions and added a new one. If you see a yellow prompt on your home page or your profile page asking you to update your Condition History, please take a moment to answer this new question, and you’ll get your star right back.