The holiday season is about to start, with Thanksgiving right around the corner here in the US.
In my family, we have a Thanksgiving tradition that everyone at the table shares what they are most thankful for, even if some years there are almost 30 people with us. Some mention family, or jobs, or improved health. Others remember those who passed during the year or something positive that happened in their lives.
As we eat, we'll talk about these blessings, about good news in our lives, and just enjoy being there together, surrounded by people we love. We put aside the challenges we are facing - the lost jobs, or poor health, or financial problems - and focus on the positives. It's a day to be thankful, and we are. We truly are.
And speaking of, I am thankful for the time we’ve spent together. As you may have read in my forum announcement, I will be leaving PatientsLikeMe at the end of the month. I have been honored to have been a part of this community, and I have learned a great deal from you. Thank you for all you’ve shared with me and with one another.
I leave you in the capable hands of my colleague Kate Brigham, who will be taking over as your moderator. Be well.
--Tim Horgan, Outgoing Community Manager
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Did you catch the full “PD Quilt Podcast Series”?
If not, get up to speed here. We’ve logged interviews with pokie too, browncat87, vigwig, aunti j and cher441, who all contributed to the PatientsLikeMe PD quilt.
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
At PatientsLikeMe, we believe in getting to know the person, not just the “patient.” That’s why we interview members each month to find out more about how they approach life. This month we are pleased to feature masato, a three-star member from Poland.
1. What puts a smile on your face?
Many, many things. When my children tell jokes, when my cat goes crazy, when I meet friends, when I remember funny situations, when I watch comedy. But sometimes I must remind my face, that when I smile inside, I must smile outside too.
2. How would you describe your attitude on life?
Be happy with what I have now or what I am now. I try to never regret that I did or didn’t do something. I avoid feeling bitterness and regret. Like in the popular song: “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.”
3. What is your favorite holiday tradition and why?
For me and my family, the holidays are a special time, because it is Christmas. Christmas is time full of love, silence and warmth. This is a period where time goes by quite differently than the rest of the year. For this reason, we prepare everything before Christmas. Then during this time we are glad for ourselves, family, friends, foods, smells, nature (we live in the mountains) and most of all God.
4. What features of PatientsLikeMe do you use most?
First I use “My Profile.” It raises my consciousness about my health. Next I search for patients like me and information on what they do – how they treat PD, live and use unconventional methods to improve their health. Also, what does PD change in their life?
WHAT’S NEW AT PATIENTSLIKEME
- Have you been tuning in to our new patient podcast series – The Patient Voice? We wrapped up last month with episode 5, which features PD patient cher441 and is entitled “A Little Elbow Grease and a Can-Do Attitude.” Catch up on October’s moving audio interviews with several members of your very own Parkinson’s Disease Community and be on the lookout for more podcasts to come featuring members from all of our communities. Subscribe to this emotional new series on our iTunes page.
- The conversation about online transparency is still going strong, thanks in part to the Wall Street Journal’s recent front-page article about the “scraping” incident at PatientsLikeMe. As a result, we’ve been inspired to post a series of blog entries on the topic, including the latest edition: “What do we sell? A continued discussion about data scraping.” Weigh in with your questions and comments.
- Do you attend a regular support group meeting? Or have friends or family members who might like to learn more about PatientsLikeMe – and maybe even sign up for your care team? Don't forget about our Tell the World! page, where you can download and print condition-specific flyers about PatientsLikeMe. You can also request a set of member business cards to help spread the word about your online “home away from home.”
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 is our top functionality enhancement for November:
- Do you have multiple conditions? If so, you may have noticed that your primary symptom survey is now specifically tailored to your conditions (and just a tad bit longer). Notably, your "condition-specific symptoms" list will be the same as what was previously called the "primary symptoms" list. Learn more here.