1. Voice of the Patient ePatient2009 Conference Kerri Morrone Sparling www.sixuntilme.com
2. <ul><li>Before I was an ePatient, I was e-Impatient. Where were the other people living “real lives” with chronic illnesses, like me? </li></ul><ul><li>Was the only information online of the “horror story” variety? </li></ul>
3. <ul><li>I couldn’t find what I wanted, </li></ul><ul><li>so I had to create it for myself. </li></ul>
4. I Wasn’t Alone. <ul><li>SixUntilMe started in May 2005, one of the very first diabetes blogs. </li></ul><ul><li>Now there are more than 350 sites dedicated to diabetes lifestyle and management. </li></ul><ul><li>The diabetes community has stepped outside of the Internet and has in-person meet-ups. </li></ul>
6. <ul><li>Patient opinion leaders (POLs) are patient bloggers who have risen to become voices for their communities. </li></ul><ul><li>Connecting with the POL links you to their vast community of like-minded people who trust them to provide quality information with integrity. </li></ul>Why Do the “POLs” Matter?
7. <ul><li>We don’t blog because we HAVE to – we blog because it helps us heal. </li></ul>
8. <ul><li>Until there is a cure, there will be a blog. And while life with diabetes isn’t easy, sharing our collective stories and finding support in one another makes the burden so much lighter. </li></ul>