Furness patients help others with own web films
Last updated at 14:56, Tuesday, 08 January 2013
PATIENTS living with debilitating disabilities, illnesses or injuries are being called upon to help others cope with the same conditions
It comes as part of an innovative new project launched by Walney doctor, Muhammad Farhan Amin.
A partner at Burnett Edgar Medical Centre in Central Drive, Dr Amin is working independently on the scheme; a website via which patients can share their experiences.
He wants people to film themselves giving tips and advice, forming a huge network of support for as many different types of patients as possible. The idea came to Dr Amin in July 2010, while waiting for a flight from Dubai to Newcastle in the early hours of the morning. He said: “Next to me was an elderly man sitting and continuously writing in his notebook. After two hours, I finally asked him what he was writing.”
The man told Dr Amin he had Parkinson’s disease and people used to stare at him because of his tremors.
But, realising his hands did not shake as much when he wrote, he had started writing whenever he was in public. He said it had changed his life and he enjoyed going out again.
Inspired by this story, Dr Amin realised the value patients’ experiences and solutions could have for others.
He said: “People who experience certain conditions or injuries may have been left with physical or emotional difficulties, but can overcome them to be able to live happily. The aim is to give people inspiration and hope, to show them someone can go through what they’re going through and come out the other end still enjoying things.”
Dr Amin launched www.patientmemoirs.com on Thursday.
Videos already featured include accounts of life after a stroke, with bowel cancer and with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, plus coping with a knee replacement, arthritis and an Achilles injury.
Dr Amin now wants as many people as possible to make their own videos and either upload them to the website or email them in.
To get the ball rolling, and for those who struggle with technology, he has set up some recording sessions next week in the afternoon on Monday, Wednesdayand Thursday and the mornings of Tuesday and Friday .
He also has appointments available for various dates between Monday January 14 and Friday 25.
Those who want to send in a video or book a recording slot should email email@example.com or call 07415 975 830.
First published at 17:09, Monday, 07 January 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
Have your say
Be the first to comment on this article!
Make your comment
Barrow dad stays positive despite losing daughter and now diagnosed with incurable disease
- Barrow dad stays positive despite losing daughter and now diagnosed with incurable disease (12 comments)
- Barrow pensioner lost feeling in his hand after fall (1 comment)
- Fun in the sun at Walney Gala (2 comments)
- Walney Fun Run - slideshow and results
- Drivers in Cumbria warned of delays as Tour de France passes county
- Vandal attack on daughter’s grave devastates Barrow couple (4 comments)
- Walney residents fear losing homes as sea defence delayed again (1 comment)
- Barrow school greenhouse made from plastic bottles
- Walney School set to become a sponsored academy
- Child hospitalised after car rolls onto its roof in Barrow crash
- Walney pupils praised for their WW1 memorial garden
- Go-ahead given to construct sea defences on battered Barrow coast
- Walney windfarm extenstion to create hundreds of jobs
- End in sight for motorists after Walney bridge repair work
- Walney bridge closure roadworks under way (5 comments)
- Urgent action called for in Walney erosion battle (2 comments)
- Cumbria first as Barrow school takes in two-year-olds (1 comment)
- Warning to walkers after needles found on Barrow beach (1 comment)
- Hundreds join mission to make Barrow girl’s Disney dream come true
- ‘Love of learning’ earns praise from Ofsted for Barrow infant school
- Ancient antlers and medieval channels uncovered in Barrow storms
- Birds face breeding problems after Walney island site hit by floods (1 comment)
- Crew tackle fire in the open on Walney
- Walney residents braced for high tide as work on sea defences stalls
- Walney Island residents join together to save threatened bus route (8 comments)