It’s been a busy few weeks and I’d love to share a few items in one post: I served as the emcee at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation‘s Data for Health report release event. I attempted to capture the spirit of the event in this Storify. Here’s a post I wrote about the Data for Health initiative: Imagining […]
I shadowed a mom and her 5-year-old with CF from afar for 24 hours. It taught me more than I could have imagined about living with a life-shortening disease — and about myself. This “empathy exercise” was organized by Smart Patients, an online community where patients and caregivers learn from each other.
Longtime readers will recognize this story, but I’m posting it again here–and on Medium–to honor Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day: When Burt Minow was born in 1922, his disability — partial hearing loss and complete facial paralysis—was immediately apparent. His mouth was frozen in a sort of frown, and he could not suck on a nipple to get […]
The Reuters story about Facebook taking its “first steps into healthcare” read like an announcement that Las Vegas was getting into entertainment or that New York City was getting into fashion. Extraordinary health communities have grown up between the cracks of Facebook’s platform. It’s just that up until now executives publicly looked the other way. […]
Food Allergy Awareness Week is May 11-17. I decided to honor it by writing my first public post about being a food-allergy mom. Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, aka @SeattleMamaDoc, is generously hosting it on her blog, where I hope it will reach many, many people. I’d love to hear what you think — about being […]
I’ve been following Bertrand Might’s story for a few years through his parents’ blog about his “movement disorder” (which turns out to be related to his incredibly rare condition, NGLY1 deficiency). Last week, Matthew Might co-authored a commentary with Matt Wilsey in the journal of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics: “The shifting model […]