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If you’re sick, looking up your symptoms online is not always the best idea. But if you have a disease that’s poorly understood and often overlooked by doctors, the internet can be a powerful tool. Patients with rare diseases are finding each other online, sharing resources, and in some cases, discovering treatment options on their own, without input from medical professionals. It’s called peer-to-peer health care.
This month's story comes from producer Sarah Yahm. She profiles Jen Brea, who has myalgic encephalomyelitis (M.E.), a rare condition that is difficult to diagnose and even more difficult to treat because so little is known about the disease.
Jen Brea’s Kickstarter video has more information about M.E. and about her filme project: