Welcome to the Chronic Illness Cat community

Welcome to the Chronic Illness Cat community

If you’ve just arrived as a Pioneer member to Chronic Illness Cat this is where it all begins. HealthUnlocked is a social network for health advocates like yourself to start an online movement. It’s about reaching other people and pooling together a mixture of information, support and experience to empower and change the lives of others. Most people with similar health interests also have something unique in their own experience that can help others. Everything here is designed to help you unlock the power of the crowd in Chronic Illness. In the middle of a period of immense change in the structure of US healthcare the idea

Back in 2007 I was a resident surgeon in a leading UK hospital. Our government was launching a series of changes to the way specialist doctors like myself were being accredited, and 99% of us felt it was a damaging step for the nation’s health, harmful both to us and future generations of patients we’d be treating. Big health institutions weren’t interested, so myself and a handful of doctors got together online. We started bringing more and more doctors into the group through the web. At first many thought we were crazy but quickly we became grassroots advocates for a generation of UK doctors, and in a couple of months we had a movement of 15,000 that provided support, inspiration and information to each other. We organized the biggest medical rally in UK history, an ongoing media campaign and, eventually, a high profile legal action. We got the health reforms radically changed for the better. See the article: bit.ly/R3tCM4

I learnt a lot about the immense power of togetherness, so when I joined forces with Jorge (our CEO) to dream up HealthUnlocked one of the main goals we shared was to make creating an online movement easier for inspired health advocates like you. From my own experience the importance of the group pioneers is the key.

That’s why you being here and reading this today is an important moment for Chronic Illness. In my experience if you can summon up the persistence to connect with other pioneers, create some activity, and trigger the spirit of a community, there’s no end to what you will go on to achieve together.

This 3 minute TED lecture speaks volumes about it bit.ly/1h3qXsV

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  • I'm blessed to be a part of this community.

  • Very impressive, this will go a long way to improving health and restoring the public's confidence in GP's. Many have become disillusioned with GP's and the NHS in general and don't bother going to Dr's when they're unwell or injured. I was one such person, and the result was, I ended up with a rare and very nasty disease that's virtually impossible to cure, which had I gone to the GP sooner, or sought advice online sooner, may have been prevented.

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