LK 120Behind closed doors
Joe Riffe is also known as the Prosthetic Medic. He literally fell into his role as an ePatient and amputee activist when he fell 110 ft off of a waterfall. After several surgeries to save his limb, Joe was told that his only option was to have the knee and ankle fused. He refused, fired that doctor, and voluntarily had his left leg amputated above the knee in January 2012.
Since then, Joe has been on the ePatient Honor Roll; spoken to the Kentucky House of Representatives; and is currently petitioning the President to push Prosthetic Insurance Fairness nationally.
Christopher Snider was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in the fall of 2002 during his freshman year at Virginia Tech. For the next four years he coasted through his diabetes management, likely supported by his pancreas' honeymoon phase.
He didn't join Twitter until 2008, but one of the first people he followed was sharing her experiences with her own diabetes (@sixuntilme). After a few months, he started to pay attention to her blog, then other diabetes blogs, then he started sharing his experiences with diabetes on Twitter. Up until this point, he hadn't known anything about the diabetes community, or the impact it could have on his life.
On January 1, 2009, he started his own diabetes blog. Five years later he is still blogging, sharing the ups and downs of life (sometimes diabetes-related). He actively participates and advocates on behalf of the diabetes community whenever possible—be it Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, blogging, or even his podcast, he's all about making connections and sharing stories.
Britt Johnson is a spondyloarthropathy and rheumatoid arthritis ePatient and blogger of TheHurtBlogger. Britt was a 2012 Medicine X ePatient scholar who was selected to give a talk about her experiences on the Stanford Medicine X main stage in 2012, participated in the 2013 IDEO Design Challenge, and has become an invaluable advisor to Medicine X.
I am a family medicine trained physician who works as a Hospitalist in Anchorage Alaska with the Alaska Hospitalist Group. I was diagnosed with AML in 2013 and underwent treatment including a stem cell transplant. I was born and raised in Colorado where I was a avid Nordic ski racer, soccer player and mountain biker through college before going into medicine. I continue to be very active despite my cancer. I have two wonderful little boys 3 and 6 who were the reason I started writing. My wife is a physical therapist who has not only pushed me through my cancer but been my greatest friend in life.